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Spousal support may be major area of contention during divorce

Spousal support is usually a contentious issue that arises during many divorce proceedings. Even after spousal support has been awarded, however, some recipients of the support may find it difficult to actually receive the payments due to them. A few tips might help people protect their spousal support in New Jersey during divorce.

Following a divorce proceeding, an ex-spouse may end up deciding not to make the spousal support payments he or she had agreed to make. In other situations, the spouse paying spousal support may be unable to make payments due to being incapable of working as a result of an accident. One way a person who needs spousal support can protect himself or herself during the divorce proceeding is to include in the divorce agreement a provision that states that the paying spouse will be responsible for the recipient's lawyer fees and any costs related to enforcement in the event that he or she defaults.

Payments may also be secured in the event that the paying spouse dies. A provision can be included in the divorce agreement stating that the paying spouse must show proof of having life insurance. The proof must also indicate that the life insurance is current each year.

Spousal support is a complex matter in New Jersey. How issues involving spousal support are handled during divorce in New Jersey may have a huge impact on a person's long-term and immediate financial interests. Appropriate legal guidance may help people effectively negotiate a spousal support agreement with a spouse or pursue his or her best interests in court.

Source: credit.com, "How to Protect Your Alimony", Rebecca Zung, Nov. 9, 2015

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