For many divorcing couples, the most challenging and emotional part of the process is the children. Even after decisions are made about child custody – where the children will live, go to school, etc. – the topic of child support is one that is rarely decided without fanfare. In fact, even after decisions about “who will pay for what” are determined, questions about child support pop up repeatedly as children age, their needs change and the parents’ financial circumstances evolve.
Whether you are seeking child support from your ex, or you are trying to limit the amount you have to pay, you need a family lawyer with experience negotiating child support agreements in New Jersey. You can rely on Graziano & Flynn to protect your interests when developing your child support plan. Further, when necessary, we with fight tirelessly to make sure you get paid what you are owed.How do New Jersey Courts Enforce Child Support?
Child support orders are enforced if an ex-spouse is late with payments or refuses to pay. The most common technique is to withhold income by ordering the ex-spouse’s employer to deduct the money directly from payments. Credit agencies also receive reports for unpaid child support, which can affect the ex-spouse’s credit score. Continuing not to pay child support may ultimately lead to asset seizure — and even jail.Can Child Support Orders Be Modified in New Jersey?
As with child custody orders after divorce, child support payments may be modified or reduced if parental circumstances change, or if there are alterations to the child’s needs. Payments require renegotiation if:
- Salaries change
- Expenses differ
- College is looming
- The spouse did not make previous payments
- Illness occurs
- A spouse violates the original order
It’s necessary to have an experienced child support modification lawyer who is very knowledgeable about New Jersey laws in this area. NJ Family Courts aren’t quick to modify child support or alimony agreements which is why having a Graziano & Flynn lawyer on your side, fighting for your needs, is a smart move.How Is Child Support Calculated in New Jersey?
New Jersey utilizes a formula like child support guidelines calculator to determine how much child support should be paid. New Jersey courts will consider several factors when calculating child support. There are a number of basic steps the judge will take before delivering a final ruling. These include:
- The assessment of both parents’ expenses and income
- The time each parent spends with the child—support payments may be higher if the child spends the majority of time with one parent
- A complete list of expenses related to the child is part of the evaluation, which the courts factor into support payments. Common examples include clothing, school supplies, extracurricular programs, daycare, food, shelter, healthcare and education.
- The situation is even more complicated for higher income families because the child support guidelines do not apply. The child support guidelines in NJ end at a combined net income of $3,600 per week. After that, the amount of child support to be paid is solely in the discretion of the trial judge.
Spouses who do not make payments will likely face consequences. If you are charged with failure to pay child support, you can avoid jail time, asset seizure or other consequences by calling Graziano & Flynn, P.C. Similarly, if you are dealing with a deadbeat parent who is refusing to pay court-ordered child support, we will fight hard on your behalf to recover the money your children are owed. Similarly, if you ex should be paying you alimony and isn’t staying up to date with payments, we can help.Child Support Lawyer Cherry Hill NJ Speak to a Dedicated NJ Lawyer About Your Child Support Needs
In almost all circumstances, the parent of alternate residence (noncustodial parent) will pay child support to the parent of primary residence (custodial parent). New Jersey has established guidelines for child support. However, there are situations where the courts deviate from these child support guidelines or even differing interpretations of the guidelines. An example is how much, if any, income to “impute” to the non-working spouse. It is best to work with an experienced lawyer when you have any questions or concerns about child support payments.
At the Cherry Hill law firm of Graziano & Flynn, P.C., we work to ensure that the New Jersey child support guidelines are applied fairly and in a fashion that reflects the best interest of the children.
To talk to a New Jersey child support lawyer, please call 856-499-4351 or toll free 866-948-7568. You can also send us an email and we will respond promptly.Experienced Child Support Lawyers Serving Camden County, Gloucester County and Burlington County
While there are child support guidelines set by the state of New Jersey, parents can have a consent support agreement drafted and signed by a judge, as long as the interests of the child are protected.
When the New Jersey child support guidelines are used, there are three types of costs that are examined: fixed costs, variable costs and controlled costs. Fixed costs are expenses that are generated regardless of which parent the child is staying with at any given time (such as a mortgage). Variable costs are expenses that occur only when the child is present. Controlled costs include things such as clothes and entertainment that may vary between parents.
At Graziano & Flynn, P.C., we work closely with our clients to understand their personal and financial situations. Our family law attorneys look at the myriad issues that may affect child support, including:
- The income of each parent
- Medical expenses
- Educational expenses
- Cost of day care
- Child support obligations for children from other relationships
We work with clients from varying backgrounds, some without much money and others that are wealthy. Regardless of your background, we will work toward child support arrangements that meet the needs of your kids.Talk with an Experienced NJ Child Support Lawyer in Cherry Hill Today
There was a time, many years ago, when more women stayed home to take care of the house and children and men went to work to earn a living to pay bills. In those days, when couples got divorced, men generally paid child support to their ex-wives. Times have certainly changed!
New Jersey Child support is determined by income and which parent will have custodial responsibilities for the child. This is actually how it’s always been; but nowadays, many women are the main earners in the couple. NJ Family Courts will determine who pays what and to whom. To protect your interests and rights in this arena, make sure you have a good child support lawyer who will fight for you.
Contact Graziano & Flynn at our Cherry Hill, NJ, law offices today. We will negotiate a child support agreement that is in your best interests and protects your children now and in the future.Contact a Cherry Hill Lawyer to Learn About Child Support Guidelines
If you have questions regarding child support or need to modify child support in New Jersey, please contact Graziano & Flynn, P.C. We can be reached at 856-499-4351 or toll free at 866-948-7568. You can also send us an email and we will respond promptly.