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Divorce Planning in New Jersey

Divorce Planning is when a spouse plans for divorce months and in some cases years in advance. This spouse will usually talk to a lawyer and get instructions on how to minimize earnings for a significant period of time prior to filing for divorce to avoid or at least reduce child support and alimony obligations. The goal is also to reduce assets and increase debts to keep distribution of assets at a low level while dividing the maximum amount of debt. The divorce court looks at the standard of living of the parties during the last three to five years before the filing for divorce. Therefore, a spouse who wants to get divorced may intentionally manipulate the family finances to benefit that spouse when the divorce occurs.


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New Jersey has five types of spousal support. Rehabilitative alimony is a short-term monetary award that allows a spouse to go back to school or obtain training to re-enter the workforce. Limited duration alimony is awarded in cases of a short marriage when rehabilitative alimony doesn't apply. Reimbursement alimony is awarded when one spouse makes a personal sacrifice so that the other spouse could receive professional or career training. Alimony pendente lite is awarded when a divorce is pending so that both parties can maintain their current standard of living until a final judgment is made. Finally, there is permanent alimony which is usually appropriate in long term marriages and typically terminates upon the death of either party or remarriage.
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