Personal Finance Tip of the Day

Handy Law Answer Book
ISBN: 9781578592173

What is alimony, and what are different types of alimony?

  • It requires that one spouse supports the other during and after a divorce.
  • It traditionally requires the spouse that makes more money to provide alimony to the spouse that makes less money.
  • It has different terminology per state to describe the types of alimony, whether it is permanent or interim.

Alimony refers to the support of one spouse by the other while the parties are going through divorce proceedings and also after the parties are divorced. Traditionally, courts may require the spouse that makes more money to provide alimony to the spouse that makes less money. Often, a party will file a motion, seeking interim or pendente lite support. The main goal of alimony is to give the supported spouse relatively the same level of maintenance or support that they enjoyed the duration of the marriage.

There are different types of alimony, and states use different terminology to describe different types of alimony. These include permanent alimony, limited duration alimony, reimbursement alimony, rehabilitative alimony, alimony in solido, alimony in gross, alimony in future, periodic alimony, and transitional alimony.

New Jersey recognizes rehabilitative, reimbursement, limited duration, and permanent alimony. Often courts will award pendente lite or temporary support to maintain a spouse between the time of separation and eventual divorce. The other types of alimony are for a given period of time ranging from a couple years to virtually permanent support.

From The Handy Law Answer Book by David L. Hudson, Jr., JD., (c) 2010 Visible Ink Press(r) Combines practical legal tips with an exhaustive overview of U. S. law to answer to more than 800 legal questions.
< Previous Fact Next Fact >

Dig deeper with these related titles:

Handy Personal Finance The Handy Personal Finance Answer Book
by Paul A Tucci

An up-to-date financial reference book for everyone . . . Combining the most current data with a user-friendly format, this timely... Read More »

ISBN: 9781578593224
Handy Law Answer Book The Handy Law Answer Book
by David L Hudson, Jr.

A legal primer answering hundreds of questions related to the history and practice of law in the United States . . . Combining practical... Read More »

ISBN: 9781578592173
Handy Math 2e The Handy Math Answer Book, Second Edition
by Patricia Barnes-Svarney and Thomas E Svarney

What's the formula for changing intimidation to exhilaration? When it comes to math, it's The Handy Math Answer Book! In an engaging, easy-to-follow,... Read More »

ISBN: 9781578593736