New Jersey Alimony Attorney Ensuring Your Interests Are Protected


When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions you need to make that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. One of the decisions that is a very difficult one is deciding whether or not you are required to provide your spouse with support or whether you are required to pay your spouse support.  This is known as alimony. At Pamela M. Cerruti, Counsellor at Law, I have a seasoned familiarity with New Jersey alimony law. Ms. Cerruti with her accounting experience will help you establish your lifestyle analysis, determine your needs if you are going to receive alimony and your ability to pay if you are going to provide alimony. I always work to reach a fair agreement between our client and their spouse/partner..

Experienced in negotiating alimony agreements

When determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded and for how long it should continue, New Jersey judges carefully appraise a couple’s length of marriage, their standard of living during the marriage, the relative income of each individual and the needs of each spouse. Retaining an experienced alimony attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, and thus increase the chance that alimony will be awarded. Alternatively,we work on cases to show  the judge that your spouse does not need spousal support, or needs less than he or she asked for. In New Jersey, there are several types of alimony agreements:

  • Limited duration alimony – this is alimony that is provided for a limited time after the divorce. The duration is never longer than the term of the marriage itself.
  • Open duration alimony – this was previously known as “permanent alimony” but now it has changed. In order to obtain open duration alimony, you must be married for twenty years or more.
  • Rehabilitative alimony. helps a dependent spouse become self-reliant and may end when an ex-spouse has found a job or has completed his or her education.
  • Reimbursement alimony. is awarded to the spouse who worked to support the family while the other spouse pursued professional training or career development. This type of alimony agreement may end or the amount paid may decrease once the spouse has been compensated.

I work with you to determine what kind of alimony is the best for your situation.

Working for your peace of mind

I represent clients who are seeking alimony as well as those who would be required to pay it. My clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay alimony if their circumstances change. Others come to me if they are not receiving the alimony payments specified by the agreement. I can help you present evidence to the court as to why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the alimony agreement.

Contact an experienced alimony attorney

Call Pamela M. Cerruti, Counsellor at Law at 973-746-5590 or contact me online to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney at my Montclair, New Jersey office.