The Matrimonial Strategist – Practice Tips

January 2014Articles Law Journal Newsletters

Much like laws concerning marriage and divorce, alimony laws vary among states. However, lack of predictability and consistency in alimony awards within states have put alimony reform in the forefront of political, judicial and social arenas in several states, including New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts.

While it’s important to recognize the need for reform, it’s also important to examine why these laws are being revisited.

New Jersey follows the trend among several other states to reexamine alimony laws. Recently, the Massachusetts Legislature unanimously approved a law that set specific time limits on alimony for marriages of 20 years or less.

Input from attorneys and judges is needed to guide any state legislative body considering reform to address existing issues that may lead to divergent alimony awards from courtroom to courtroom.