Regardless of whether a divorce is easy because the couple agrees to it or if it is complicated since the couple will fight to keep everything, one thing that the couple hardly agrees on is alimony payments.  Alimony payments, or spousal maintenance, is when one spouse pays the ex-spouse monthly or weekly payment, which his is aimed at helping the ex-spouse with financial support. Thus, in some states, such as New Jersey, some couples are turning to divorce mediation to address the alimony issue as reported by the Alternative Press in a March 17, 2013 article.

While the paying spouse might feel that he or she is paying more than the other spouse deserves and that the duration of the payments is too long, the receiving spouse might feel that they are entitled to more money over a greater period of time. Depending on the state, the types of alimony available vary. This is where a divorce mediator comes in. The meditator is a neutral person whose main goal is to help the couple reach an agreement when it comes to alimony and he or she will try his or her best to make sure that the couple is on the same page and is able to proceed forward. If a couple consults with a divorce mediator and reaches an agreement, then this might shorten the divorce proceeding. On the other hand, the court will look to a few elements when determining how to award alimony payments and how long these payments should last.

Jayson Lutzky is an attorney with over 30 years of experience. He has represented thousands of satisfied clients over the years and offers free in office consultations. Mr. Lutzky handles divorce cases, both contested and uncontested, and a wide variety of family court matters, including alimony or spousal maintenance. Call 718-514-6619 to set up an appointment or visit for further information.