“Why won’t they throw him in jail? He is $10,000 in arrears in child support!” This is a sentiment many matrimonial practitioners frequently hear from their clients. Often times clients think that courts automatically throw an obligor spouse in jail for the non-payment of support. While not uncommon in other states, in truth, the use
As the saying goes “Hell has no fury like a woman scorned,” but in a recent unpublished New Jersey Appellate Division decision the opposite was true. In Weitz v. Weitz, App. Div. Docket No. A-1760-08T1, decided February 25, 2010, the defendant, Arthur Weitz, appealed from orders denying his post-judgment motions to terminate payment of alimony and for reconsideration.
Mr. Weitz and his ex-wife, Susan Weitz, were married in 1966 and divorced in 1994. As part of the final judgment of divorce, a Property Settlement Agreement was entered into by the parties. The Agreement required Mr. Weitz to pay alimony from 1994 until 2006, but if he was unemployed for a period exceeding 1 month than he would not have to pay for that month. However, any months Mr. Weitz did not pay alimony would be tacked onto the termination date of the alimony. The Agreement also stated that if Ms. Weitz remarried, died, or cohabitated with another man, alimony would immediately terminate.