Pendente Lite Support Pending Divorce
- October 16, 2015
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Pendente lite support is temporary support, established during the pendency of a divorce, intended to preserve the financial status quo, or marital standard, of the parties until equitable distribution and alimony are resolved, between the parties or by a judge, and a final judgment of divorce is obtained. The span of time between separation or the filing of a divorce complaint and actually obtaining a divorce can sometimes take years making pendente lite support a critical issue for both parties. Although the intent is to continue the status quo existing prior to the marriage and ensure an economically dependent party is not left destitute, pendente lite support often leaves both parties lacking. Expenses often increase during this time as there is typically another residence to support and, if there are children, the party vacating the residence must have adequate housing for themselves and the children or they will be in an inferior position when it comes to parenting time. Often, parties will separate but make efforts at resolution for long periods of time prior to filing for divorce. During this time, if things are amicable, the party who vacates the marital residence may simply obtain quarters adequate for sleeping and little more such as a spare room at a friend’s residence, their old bedroom at their parent’s house or similar. They will continue to provide the bulk of their income to the family for household expenses and be comfortable “getting by” for the interim. Unfortunately, this period of time can establish a precedent and, if a divorce complaint is filed, either the supported or supporting spouse can find themselves in a very difficult financial situation without enough assets for themselves if a judge decides a motion for pendente lite support using this period of separation as the model for the “marital standard.” If you are considering divorce, prior to leaving your residence, you should consult with an experienced divorce attorney in order to discuss your needs, your family’s needs and your financial situation. An experienced family law attorney can protect you from finding yourself with a pendente lite support order which will leave you financially destitute. For more information about divorce, child support, custody, emancipation and other family law issues in NJ visit DarlingFirm.com. This blog is for informational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of an attorney.