Do You Have To Pay Maintenance During Separation?

maintenance during separationQuestion:

My wife wants to separate, but doesn’t want to divorce so she can still receive my benefits. Do I owe her any maintenance or alimony while we are separated or do I only have to pay that if we get divorced?


Diana Bishara attorney New Jersey
New Jersey divorce lawyer Diana Bishara

While I am not licensed to practice law in your state, I can give some general guidance on this issue.

In New Jersey, where I practice, when a party is separated the spouse may file a motion for separate maintenance, which is just like alimony. Separate maintenance allows her to be able to support herself during the separation.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your potential case.

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One comment on “Do You Have To Pay Maintenance During Separation?

    my wife abandoned me I was addict to pain med that’s long story.but she left I went to rehab when I got back after 30 day she was still not home the wholeshe told me we can work it out. she just need here space that was in june ..then in sept. I get a call on my anniversary they went to Wisconsin out telling me ,,she said new York was expensive…and she still said we can work thing out she neeed her space….so I left them there and gave her she sayed she don’t wont to work it out ..and she is staying in Wisconsin….as a father can I get them back to N.Y so I can see my kids on weekend.. there there^ 6 months

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