Legislative Alert: Alimony Legislation
The state bar association, whose members include attorneys who represent those who pay alimony and those who receive it, has focused on addressing concerns with the current alimony laws. The chief goal of the association is to find a realistic and balanced approach for New Jersey citizens that doesn’t sacrifice judicial discretion or fairness.
The association has favored the idea of forming a commission to independently study the state of New Jersey’s alimony laws and make recommendations without a preordained result. It also favors a measure pending in the state General Assembly that provides practical and reasonable circumstances under which someone can request and receive a modification or termination of alimony, and also provides for considerations related to changes in economic circumstances, cohabitation and retirement of the parties.
The NJSBA opposes A-845(Mainor)/S-488(Cunningham). A-845(Mainor)/S-488 (Cunningham) Revises alimony laws, including eliminating permanent alimony and establishing guidelines for amount and duration of alimony awards.
David Gialanella - "State Bar Fights Proposal To Base Alimony on Duration of Marriage" - New Jersey Law Journal
Brian Schwartz - "Cross-Examination: Straight talk about alimony reform" - New Jersey Law Journal
Deborah S. Chames - "Alimony Reform Laws Focus on the Exception to the Rule and to the Detriment of the American Family" - The Huffington Post
Paris P. Eliades - "COMMENTARY: Alimony reform merits careful, thorough study" - Courier Post
Susan K. Livio - "Jersey's women get 79 cents to men's $1 - Earnings gap worse for more educated" - Star-Ledger
Brian Schwartz - "New Jersey’s alimony laws do not require significant reform"
Read testimonials of two women who discuss why alimony is essential and why it is critical that individual consideration be given to the circumstances of each family during a split.
Coalition Supporting the NJSBA's Position
The NJSBA's coalition is over 150,000 people strong and represents attorneys who represent those who receive alimony and those who pay it, alimony recipients and many more.
New Jersey State Bar Association
Board of Trustees
Family Law Section
Women in the Profession Section
Judicial Administraton Committee
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers of NJ
Association of Black Women Lawyers of NJ
Garden State Bar Association
Garden State Equality
Matrimonial Alliance of NJ
National Organization of Women of NJ
New Jersey Association for Justice
New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women
New Jersey Displaced Homemakers Network
New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
New Jersey County Bar Associations
Bergen County Bar Association
Burlington County Bar Association
Camden County Bar Association
Essex County Bar Association
Gloucester County Bar Association
Mercer County Bar Association
Middlesex County Bar Association
Morris County Bar Association
Ocean County Bar Association
Passaic County Bar Association
Somerset County Bar Association