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Alimony has become an increasingly popular topic in New Jersey. Did you know that marital fault by one of the divorcing spouses is normally irrelevant to the alimony award calculation. Indeed, it is New Jersey law that alimony represents an economic right. Nevertheless, there are exceptions.

The first exception is when the marital fault the parties’ economic life.  Economic fault may be taken into consideration when calculating an alimony award.  

The second reason is when the fault constitutes such egregious conduct to a degree violates societal norms to the extent where continuing with the economic bond would “confound notions of simple justice.”  When the marital conduct is considered egregious, alimony may be denied altogether.


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