Divorce: New Spousal Maintenance Provisions

The statute will become effective 120 days after it becomes law (30 days for the temporary maintenance provisions).

That means that the new bill is effective for actions filed on or after Sunday, October 25 (effectively Monday October 26) for the temporary maintenance provisions, and Saturday January 23 (effectively Monday, January 25) for the permanent maintenance provisions.

The pertinent changes are:

  • Professional licenses are no longer property subject to equitable distribution.
  • Duration of maintenance is specified, based on the duration of the marriage.
  • The payer’s income cap for maintenance is now $175,000.


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