Child Support

Child Support Attorney In New Jersey

When a couple who has children together goes through a divorce, a number of different factors come into play. In addition to the issues related to the children, the important question for each parent is whether he/she can afford to raise the children on his/her own. As strange as this may appear, this can be a difficult but common question. Equally as relevant, a working parent who may not be living with the children will likely have to consider how much he or she can afford to live outside the home and pay child support. Fact, children are costly. At Brick Law, LLC, we work to alleviate the burden you may feel from the divorce by providing attentive and individualized legal services for you.

New Jersey Child Support Services

Determining how much child support is a necessary and sometimes challenging process during a separation and/or divorce. In New Jersey, the amount of child support is typically determined using the States’ child support guidelines and applicable statutes and case law. At Brick Law, LLC we have experienced a variety of child support cases, which has enabled us to tailor our clients’ cases. Because of how New Jersey’s laws are structured, the amount of child support paid may have less flexibility. But with our experience, we understand how to make this work to the best of your advantage. There are several different issues that are taken into consideration when determining the amount of child support one parent pays the other. Some of the factors that need to be considered in advising our clients are the ages of the children, the needs of children including abilities or disabilities, the number of overnights taken by the parties, a child(ren)’s extraordinary expenses as well as possible prior child support Orders for existing children of prior relationships or an expecting child from a subsequent relationship.

Child Support Coverage

What does child support cover in New Jersey? This is a common question that we are asked, especially when a divorce may include visitation rights, shared custody or the like. Typically, in New Jersey, child support will cover basic shelter, education, medication, clothing, and food expenses. These are perceived to be the necessities for a child’s well-being. As with alimony or other divorce issues, child support can be modified in the future. If a divorce occurs when a child is very young, support can be revisited every few years. Modification may also be needed in the event of serious medical circumstances, a change in the supporting and non-supporting parent’s employment status or for significant out of pocket expenses not previously considered such as necessary remedial intervention. Similarly, what happens to child support when a child enrolls in college? Non-custodial parents may believe child support should be modified. In Jacoby v. Jacoby 427 N.J.Super. 109, 113 (App.Div.2012), the Appellate Division found that although a child’s attendance in college constitutes a change in circumstance warranting a review of the amount of child support, it cannot be presumed that a child’s need for financial support decreased. Rather, this is looked at on a case-by-case basis. Although some expenses of a child do decline when entering college, other expenses may remain the same and can even increase in cost.

Our firm has a great deal of experience with modifying child support and we advise you to see us as soon as you think you may need a modification. We will ask you the right questions to determine whether it is time for a change and help you gain the best possible scenario for you and your child. Whatever the case may be, remember that our New Jersey law office offers child support legal services for updating or changing your existing child support Court Orders. Our reliable, extremely professional group is here for you. Call us today at 201-254-7530 for a legal consultation.