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NJ Alimony Reform

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Many people feel there is a need for alimony reform in New Jersey because just like people change, so do the times.

Lynn Sebold is divorced. She has custody of her children and owes lifetime alimony. When her job situation changed, her income decreased and now she can no longer make the payments. Because of this, she is being threatened with a warrant for her arrest. And Sebold is not alone, situations like this are happening all over the Garden State.

Jersey City Assemblyman, Charles Mainor is leading the charge to pass an alimony reform bill in New Jersey. He’s received hundreds of letters from people all across the state desperately asking for his help to make this policy change.

Robin Hair is another woman who had difficulty dealing with alimony laws in New Jersey.

Robin married James Hair in September of 2007. James was divorced and obligated to pay his ex-wife alimony payments for life which was about $1,625/month. The couple’s joyous marriage quickly turned to a nightmare when James was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of terminal brain cancer in May, 2011. He eventually had to stop working, was approved for social security disability and his income was reduced by 35%.

Robin and James filed to adjust their alimony payments because they met the requirements which included a change of circumstances due to illness, income change, approved for social security disability and the ex-wife was even making more than the ex-husband at that time. But the judge would not give a downward modification, let alone terminate the payments.

After months of efforts to adjust the payments, they eventually were granted mediation. James was so ill he couldn’t even attend, but was still forced to pay a settlement of nearly $35,000.

When Assemblyman Mainor heard this story, he was moved. He said, “I am so sorry for your loss, number one, and I’m so sorry for what you and your husband had to go through during the last days of his life, but I can only hope and pray that this bill will make sure that no one else has to go through something like that.”

James has since passed away.

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