New Jersey Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In New Jersey the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Superior Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

When making a support award the court will consider the following factors:

(A) The actual needs and the ability of a party to pay;

(B) The length of the marriage;

(C) The age and health condition of each of the parties;

(D) The standard of living established while married;

(E) The earning capacities of the parties, as well as the education level, job training, and skills;

(F) The length of absence from the job market of the party seeking maintenance;

(G) The parental role of each party;

(H) The time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to become self-supporting;

(I) The participation each spouse had the acquisition of marital assets;

(J) the property award;

(K) Any income producing assets;

(L) The consequences to both parties;

(M) Any other factors which the court may deem relevant. (New Jersey Statutes - Title 2 A - Chapters: 34-23)

You can also read more about New Jersey spousal support in the New Jersey state statutes located at: