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2 Groups Seek To Change New Jersey Alimony Law

Report: Current Law Allows For Permanent Alimony Payments

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Two competing groups have launched proposals to overhaul the New Jersey state alimony law.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, Tom Leustek is leading one side of the effort.

“I’m a lifetime alimony payer,” he said.

As the group New Jersey Alimony Reform, he is backing a bill to cap payments to half the length of a marriage and end alimony at the payer’s retirement age.

“We need more finality in New Jersey,” he said. “They’re just trying to say one size fits all.”

John Finerty of the Alliance of Matrimonial Lawyers supports a competing bill, aimed at making it easier to amend alimony when finances change or one party lives with a new partner.

“Our bill changes the law. Their bill just puts an arbitrary label for a time period,” he said.

Currently, judges can approve permanent alimony in cases where one ex-spouse earns a significantly higher amount than the other, according to NorthJersey.com.

Both sides have said a change is needed.

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