On Sept. 10, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill amending the New Jersey alimony statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23. The changes in the existing law are quite detailed, leading many to wonder exactly how things will be different for divorcing couples going forward. This article summarizes and explains the major features of the new legislation.

For the most part, the amended statute is not retroactive; it applies only to couples in the process of getting divorced and not to those who already have final alimony orders or marital separation agreements with alimony provisions. The major features of the amendments are:

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