Another East Coast state has joined the alimony reform trend that has been sweeping the nation. Although North Carolina has not been in the news for improvements or changes to alimony law, its East Coast companion of New Jersey is being heralded for the passing of several new measures related to spousal support payment. The state Assembly voted almost unanimously to approve a bill that would entirely eliminate permanent alimony from the legal system, among other significant changes.
The bill is designed to prevent the use of permanent alimony, which is a perpetual type of spousal maintenance that continues indefinitely. Provisions in the bill would allow payments to end once the payer reaches retirement age: 67 years old according to the federal government. Accommodations would be made for those who are continuing to work into retirement.