New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

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. 

Our Position

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. 

Click here to read the NJSBA's position on alimony and other related legislation 

Just the facts: Why A-1649 -- not S-488/A-845 -- is the right approach to alimony reform


Ed Murray - "A fair approach to alimony: Editorial" - The Star-Ledger 
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. 

The NJSBA's proposed resolution opposing the alimony legislation

Resolution of the Camden County Bar Association opposing A-845 AND S-488 OF THE 216TH Legislature


Resolution of the Salem County Bar Association opposing A-845 and S-488 of the 216th Legislature


Resolution of the Sussex County Bar Association opposing A-845 and S-488 of the 216th Legislature


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