Law Lessons from CONSTANCE M. CELIA N/K/A CONSTANCE MASON VS. JOSEPH E. CELIA, JR., App. Div., A-4121-09T4 / A-1220-10T4, January 18, 2013:
The purpose of alimony is to “assist the supported spouse in achieving a lifestyle that is reasonably comparable to the one enjoyed while living with the supporting spouse during the marriage.” Crews v. Crews, 164 N.J. 11, 16 (2000). When reviewing an alimony award, the appellate court considers whether the trial court’s findings are supported by sufficient credible evidence in the record; whether the trial court failed to consider controlling legal principles; and whether the trial court abused its discretion. Heinl v. Heinl, 287 N.J. Super. 337, 345 (App. Div. 1996).
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