Group proposes alimony changes
Arguing that New Jersey divorce laws should not be for richer or poorer, a group pushing for overhauls wants the state to end awards of lifetime alimony and legislate the terms of payments to former spouses.
The proposal borrows from Massachusetts, where a new alimony law going into effect next year will for the first time spell out the number of years alimony payments must be made.
Under the current Massachusetts and New Jersey law, judges can order lifetime alimony, no matter how long the marriage lasted, with no set rules on how to handle cases when the payer reaches retirement age or when the recipient begins living with a new partner.
The system has created extreme hardships, said Tom Leustek, president and co-founder of New Jersey Alimony Reform.