In September 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Alimony Reform Act into law, which clarified areas of alimony and extended rights to payers. Although the act mainly applies to future divorces, those who are divorced and have a legitimate reason, such as loss of income, illness, or retirement, may be able to modify their alimony under the new law. Additionally, the term “permanent alimony” has been replaced with “open durational alimony.”
The alimony statute was amended in September 2014. The statute is not retroactive, but no longer have “permanent alimony” in New Jersey. The criteria for obtaining alimony has changed. While not exhaustive, the court must look at:
When divorced parties disagree as to contribution for college education expenses, one party will make application to the Court to enforce the settlement agreements. Court applications for contribution to college education expenses have recently changed. a request has been made for college or post-secondary school contribution, the party must attach all relevant information pertaining to that request.