Iandoli and Edens, LLC is reaching out to prior clients, colleagues and the public regarding the proposed law working its way through the New Jersey Legislature that may affect many of you.

New Jersey lawmakers are attempting to make profound changes to the guidelines which detail alimony awards in our Courts. The most radical change from our current system is the abolishment of permanent alimony. If you are paying or receiving permanent alimony, you will certainly want to contact our firm to learn more. However, the proposed law also defines all other alimony durations as follows:

Duration of Marriage – Duration of Alimony Terms is Associated to Months of Marriage

Less than 60 months – No longer than 50% of the months married
(5 years)

60 to 120 months – No longer than 60% of the months married
(5-10 years)

120 to 180 months – No longer than 70% of the months married
(10 to 15 years)

180 to 240 months – No longer than 80% of the months married
(15-20 years)

Over 240 months – At the Court’s discretion
(20 years)

This law may take effective as early as October 1, 2013.

It is important to remember that this law may not apply to all. As a result of a negotiated settlement or by Order of the Court, you may be paying more than the structure above. While the above is a basic summary of complex legislation, please contact our firm to learn if you qualify for a reduced alimony duration under this new legislation. If you receive alimony from your former spouse, and are concerned that your alimony may be changed based on this law, please contact our firm since there are certain defenses spelled out in the law that we can argue to protect your rights. If the law passes, parties affected by the above changes have two years to motion the Court to have their alimony conform to the above. We suggest that litigants move swiftly as the Court is not inclined to make any changes retroactive to the date the bill becomes law.

Contact us today at 908.879.9499 or visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com to find out more.
Bill 3909 in the Assembly, 2750 in the Senate