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NJ Residents Divided On Ending Lifetime Alimony

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. June 20, 2013

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A measure that would end lifetime alimony in New Jersey is stalled in legislative committees.  A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll shows residents are divided on whether lawmakers should enact it.

Poll director Krista Jenkins says a third of registered voters questioned support the bill that would set guidelines for how long alimony should last after a failed marriage or civil union. 40 percent oppose it and 26 percent are unsure.

 “When asked how long a marriage should last in order for one to receive alimony over half say at least 10 years with fewer who say a couple should make it to at least their 15 year anniversary.”

Jenkins says more men than women support ending lifetime alimony.

“We know historically that people who receive alimony are usually women. So it very well could be the case that the reason we’re seeing more women opposed to the legislation is they potentially could be hurt more than men.”

Married people are more in favor of the legislation than those who aren’t married, and Republicans favor it more than Democrats.

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