Many people ask how alimony is "calculated" in New Jersey. Unlike child support, New Jersey does not have a formula for calculating alimony. Rather, alimony is determined by analyzing the following 14 factors under N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23:

  1. The actual need for alimony;
  2. The ability to pay alimony;
  3. The duration of the marriage;
  4. The age, physical and emotional health of the parties;
  5. The standard of living established in the marriage and the likelihood that each party can maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living;
  6. The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills and employability of the parties;
  7. The length of absence from the job market and custodial responsibilities for children of the party seeking maintenance;
  8. The time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment, the availability of the training and employment, and the opportunity for future acquisitions of capital assets and income;
  9. The history of the financial or nonfinancial contributions to the marriage by each party including contributions to the care and education of the children and interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities;
  10. The equitable distribution of property ordered and any payouts on equitable distribution, directly or indirectly, out of current income, to the extent this consideration is reasonable, just and fair; and
  11. Any other factors which the court may deem relevant.
  12. Many people are surprised to learn that, subject to very few exceptions, marital fault does not play a role in the determination of alimony.

Because every case is different and every family is different, some factors deserve greater weight in particular cases than others. The most commonly analyzed factors tend to be the duration of the marriage, the disparity in the parties' incomes, the age of the parties and the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage.

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