Some say New Jersey’s alimony law needs a reality check

    In 2012, when our economy is unstable and spouses are picking up one another’s slack, divorce can be more of an issue than it already is.

    And for some in New Jersey, the alimony law doesn’t add up. Acitivsts like Thomas Leustek are working with New Jersey Alimony Reform to eliminate lifetime alimony payments and restrict judges’ discretion in setting the divorce payments.

    Leustek tells the Star-Ledger he pays his ex-wife $3,000 a month, even though she’s independently successful and holds a doctorate degree. By his standards, that’s not fair. But others argue the law exists so judges can apply it accordingly.


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    The real question is, can there be a clear-cut rule if the divorce and assets themselves aren’t clear-cut?

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