The managing partner of New Jersey's largest divorce and family law firm on current issues and recent changes to divorce laws in the Garden State.
Bari Weinberger is founder and managing partner of Weinberger Law Group, the largest divorce and family law firm in New Jersey.
We asked Bari to tell us what you should know about current issues and recent changes to divorce laws in New Jersey.
Alimony reform: Governor Christie is set to sign legislation that all but abolishes permanent “lifetime” alimony in New Jersey. Instead, it establishes “open durational” alimony, which includes calculations and limits not seen before in New Jersey spousal support laws. Alimony reform may have the most dramatic impact on stay-at-home moms and dads because permanent alimony has often served as a safeguard for at-home spouses.
Cutting costs: Opting for out-of-court divorce methods is a growing trend because they can save money, time and emotional stress. An N.J. Senate Committee just approved a new “collaborative divorce” bill that will make this option more accessible. My advice? Before heading to court, try to amicably settle through mediation.
Palimony changes: With the increasing number of unmarried couples, palimony is more sought after than ever before. An imminent court ruling will determine what’s needed to award palimony and which type of support agreement (oral versus written) between non-married parties is required and enforceable.