Alimony Reform Remains a Hot Button Issue
In December of last year we wrote about the Alimony Reform Movement in New Jersey. New Jersey State Senator, Sean Kean, announced he would introduce legislation to study New Jersey's alimony laws. As a result of re-districting, Senator Kean became Assemblyman Kean and he introduced alimony reform legislation in New Jersey's lower house. The alimony reform legislation was passed by the New Jersey Assembly in June of 2012 but it was not passed by the Senate. New Jersey's reform movement was part of a larger national movement spurred on by Massachusetts' alimony reform legislation. The future of New Jersey alimony reform is far from clear. Other states have alimony movements afoot. Florida's alimony reform moment is still in high gear. This past Saturday the Miami Herald reported on Florida's alimony reform moment (see, Florida group pushes for more alimony reform) . But what about in New Jersey? Is alimony reform dead on arrival in New Jersey? Who knows what the state legislature will do in this term or the next. Anyone's guess is as good as mine. I do know that advocates on both sides of the issue are working on the grass roots level. I know this because I read the newspaper. (Ok, I admit it, I do not read a “paper”, rather I read news articles on line.) Here is a rundown of the News coverage during the last several weeks: On divorce and alimony, NJ on wrong path for women N.J.'s alimony laws are unjust: Opinion N.J. needs alimony reform now At Hunterdon Courthouse, women protest jailing people for not paying alimony At DeMichele and DeMichele we continue to monitor this issue in the legislature and in the court of public opinion. We will continue to provide updates as to the status alimony in New Jersey. If you or a loved one have questions regarding alimony, the enforcement of alimony orders, or the modification of alimony orders contact us or call us at (856)546-1350 to schedule a consultation with our experienced New Jersey alimony attorneys.