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.

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“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.”

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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

Both sides have said a change is needed.

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