Since issue 53334 is not being fixed I suggest
adding new opption to Java formatting engine :
"Don't add new line before else and catch words"
or something like this that would do the following
} catch (Exception e)
} else if (true)
// some more code
// more code
This old bug may not be relevant anymore. If you can still reproduce it in 8.2 development builds please reopen this issue.
Thanks for your cooperation,
NetBeans IDE 8.2 Release Boss