Does alimony have you down? Well, there’s good news on the horizon. Things have gotten a lot easier for New Jersey residents who can “prove” that their ex has a new partner.
Prior to 2014, a divorced spouse in NJ had to show that their ex shared a common residence with a new partner in order to stop making alimony payments. If they could not prove this, they would have to continue paying.
Of course, this presented a lot of hard feelings between the two parties. Exes (mostly ex-wives) often weren’t honest about the relationships they were in so that they could still collect alimony. On the other hand, those making the payments (mostly ex-husbands) were intent on stopping their obligation if they felt their ex was in a new relationship.
When the Alimony Reform Act of 2014 was introduced, there were some improvements made. For example, an ex-spouse no longer had to be living full-time in the same home as another person to be considered cohabitating. The term “cohabitation” was also more clearly defined. Under the new cohabitation law in NJ, a cohabitating couple could be described as any mutually rewarding intimate relationship.
Also, the new law got rid of “permanent alimony” and added the presumption that the payer could stop making alimony payments when they retired. In the state of NJ, when an individual retires at the federal age for Social Security benefits, they no longer have to pay alimony.
However, the person must get an order from a judge to do that. For those who have high-paying retirement packages, it’s possible that they will have to continue making the payments.
Each marriage is unique, and each divorce is unique. The NJ courts are doing a better job at looking at alimony cases on individual bases and determining if the payments are truly necessary. Low-income women, for instance, often depend on these payments.
Unfortunately the law was not made retroactive to issues before the Alimony Reform Act, but it can be applied to cases that were “silent” or not negotiated. However, the law does make it easier for alimony payers to challenge the arrangement in the court system.
If you are currently in a situation where you are making alimony payments but believe your ex to be cohabiting with a new partner, a private investigator in NJ can offer you the help you need. They know what to look for and they will build a rock solid case that you can bring to court - and win.
Your ex won’t know they are under observation, so if they are indeed cohabiting with someone new (or going on vacations, out for expensive dinners, etc.), a private detective will catch it. It’s still important to work with a lawyer, but you can trust a PI to gather the evidence needed to prove your case and free yourself from the burdens of alimony.
For reliable investigative work, call All State Investigation. With over 60 years of experience, we know how to successfully help people in your situation.