Spousal support was an important aspect of seeking divorce then because it guaranteed the continued survival of the less productive spouse. It also discouraged couples from separating over petty concerns that could seriously jeopardize the financial stability of one of the parties to the marriage. In today’s modern world, however, a large majority of women are able to secure and maintain successful careers, and these laws no longer apply as they used to.
Fortunately, momentum is growing to change the archaic alimony laws to reflect current cultural conditions and encourage fairness for both parties to divorce. Two bills have been proposed in the New Jersey General Assembly that aim to amend the outdated alimony law, remove the phrase “perpetual alimony,” and clarify the modification and termination of alimony.