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New Jersey Alimony Reform

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If you are married for more than 10 years in New Jersey and get a divorce, you could be responsible for alimony payments for the rest of your life and even into your death with requirements that include a life insurance policy for your ex-spouse.

Lynn Sebold, a woman who has custody of her two children and says she was abused and cheated on by her ex-husband, is currently in just that position. She is currently struggling to pay alimony each month, and she is being threatened by Somerset County with a potential warrant for her arrest. “My take home pay barely covers the rent, and I have to pay health insurance for the children and I.” She said.

Unfortunately, Lynn’s’ story isn’t unique and a lot of people in New Jersey are dealing with this issue. Lynn even petitioned her current situation to the state in hopes of reducing her payments and she was told by the state of New Jersey to get a second job.

Those people pushing for reform do not want to see the end of alimony. They simply want to see adjustments. Instead of marriages lasting only 10 years resulting in the potential for lifetime alimony, they would like to see lifetime alimony only permissible in those marriages ending after a minimum of 20 years.

For more information about efforts to change alimony laws in NJ, please visit: http://njalimonyreform.org/

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