Permanent alimony is awarded after a lengthy marriage for unlimited duration in recognition of prolonged economic dependence and sustained contribution to a marital enterprise. All other factors being equal, the defining distinction” between permanent and limited duration alimony is the duration of the marriage. Id. at 483. Thus, limited duration alimony is available to dependent spouses who contributed to a relatively short-term marriage, and who have “the skills and education necessary to return to the work force.” Gordon v. Rozenwald, 380 N.J. Super. 55, 65-66 (App. Div. 2005).
Long Term Alimony in NJ
Permanent alimony is actually a bit of a misnomer. It should be called long-term alimony as almost no alimony obligation is really permanent. Assuming no other issues would trigger a modification or termination, retirement will often end a permanent alimony obligation. The only problem is that there is no specific age at which one can retire and therefore end an alimony obligation. Instead, one must file a motion. Of course, there may be a rare case where alimony does continue post-retirement.