Child Support in New Jersey
Child support issues can create anxiety and stress during or after a divorce. If you are worried about ensuring that you and your children receive support or if you are concerned about avoiding unfair or excessive support obligations, an experienced attorney can make a world of difference. At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, our attorneys address a wide range of financial issues in family matters. We represent families from all walks of life, handling cases where parties are struggling to make ends meet to matters in which the parties have substantial wealth and high incomes.
Whenever practicable, we attempt to work with the parties to reach common ground. Of course, collaborative approaches such as negotiations or mediation are not always possible. In these situations, our attorneys are prepared to act decisively on your behalf. From our office in Warren, we represent clients across Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, Middlesex, Union, Morris, Monmouth, mercer, and Essex counties and beyond.
Child Support and Alimony Determinations
In New Jersey, child support is determined by guidelines that are set forth in the New Jersey Rules of Court. These guidelines can be deviated from under certain circumstances including,but not limited to, high incomes. Incomes, spousal support payments, child care costs, parenting time arrangements, and other information are entered into a computer program to determine the appropriate amount of child support to be paid in any given case. this calculation can also be used to assist in determining the parties’ responsibilities for contribution to the children’s unreimbursed medical expeses, child care, and extraordinary expenses. Our attorneys are skilled in working with the child care, and extraordinary expenses. Our attorneys are skilled in working with the child support guidelines to protect the best interests of children and our clients.
If your child has special needs, determining an appropriate amount of child support can involve many unique factors which may call for a deviation from the guidelines. Our lawyers have substantive experience addressing these various factors.
There arre four types of alimony in the State of New jersey: Open durational, limited duration, rehabilitative and reimbursement. The type and appropriate amount of alimony are determined by analyzing a variety of factors set forth in New Jersey Statutes. Some of these statutory factors are each party’s income (whether actual or imputed), the length of the marriage, the physical and emotional health of the parties, the educational background of the parties, the child care responsibilities, one party’s need for support and the other party’s ability to pay, and the marital standard of living. The amount of alimony that one pays or receives has a direct impact on the amount of child support. Therefore, it is important to run a variety of scenarios to demonstrate the financial impact on each parent’s household. Seeing the “bottom-line” results after taking into consideration support and tax impact can be a powerful factor in facilitating a resolution of alimony or spousal support.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Mediation And Arbitration
To avoid or limit the strain, costs, and time of litigation, we strongly encourage our clients to participate in mediation or collaborative law to reach workable agreements on child support, alimony, child custody, and the division of assets. If the parties are not able to reach amicable settlements, arbitration is a mechanism which allows decisions to be made in cases without the extensive time and money associated with trial in the court system. If you are interested in pursuing alternative dispute resolution, our family attorneys can provide you with information about what method might work best in your particular case and work with you to use those methods to facilitate a resolution.
Child Support and College Expenses
Under New Jersey law, divorced parents may be required to contribute to their child’s college expenses. Often, it is better for parents to address these issues during the divorce itself, rather than waiting until the child is looking at or even applying to schools. If your child is considering college and you have not already reached agreement on this issue, our family lawyers in Somerset County are prepared to work with you to establish each parents’ college contributions, as well as a possible modification of child support for your college-bound child.
Contact Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP
From our office in Warren, our lawyers represent clients across Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, Middlesex, Union, Morris, Monmouth, Mercer, and Essex counties, and beyond. Call 908-922-4238 or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation.
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