Under New Jersey law, every parent of a child has a duty to contribute to the care, support, maintenance, and education of that child.
New Jersey Child Support Lawyers
Under New Jersey law, every parent of a child has a duty to contribute to the care, support, maintenance, and education of that child. The amount and duration of this support obligation depends upon the specific and unique facts of each case. Support may be paid through wage garnishment or direct pay.
In the majority of cases, the New Jersey courts use specific child support guidelines to arrive at a child support award. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide the Court with relevant economic information to assist in the establishment and modification of fair and adequate child support awards.
The premises underlying the New Jersey child support guidelines are that child support is the continuous duty of both parents, that your children are entitled to share in the current income of both parents, and that your children should never be the economic victims of divorce or out-of-wedlock birth. The New Jersey courts do everything in their power to ensure the children residing within the State of New Jersey are not forced to live in poverty because of family disruption and that they be afforded the same opportunities available to children of intact families.
While these child support guidelines are used as a rebuttable presumption to establish and modify all child support orders, the Court may deviate from these guidelines if the Court believes that the guidelines are inappropriate in a specific case. For example, in cases where the parents earn a combined income above the stated threshold, there may need to be a deviation from the child support guidelines. The Court is vested with general equity powers which permit this deviation when appropriate.
The Child Support attorneys at Hoagland Longo can leverage all of the resources necessary to help arrive at a fair and adequate support amount for children. Contact our Family Law attorneys to review and discuss the establishment, modification or enforcement of a child support award. This applies to situations in which you are the individual paying the support or the individual receiving the support. Our experienced Child Support attorneys are available to handle cases in Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Mercer County, Union County, Somerset County, Hudson County, Essex County, Morris County, and Hunterdon County.
We will work with you to ensure all factors are considered when evaluating your child support matter. Whether you may be facing the emancipation of a child, a child moving away for college, or caring for a disabled child, we can assist you in obtaining or responding to a request for the payment of child support or maintenance. We can assist you to negotiate a fair child support figure that considers additional expenses such as childcare, daycare, summer camp, extracurricular activities, unreimbursed medical expenses, child-related car insurance, child-related cellphone costs, college costs, alimony, mandatory retirement contributions, union dues, medical insurance costs for your child, and other dependents. When you need help to file a motion or respond to a motion for emancipation, or file a motion to increase or decrease child support, we will be by your side to assist you through your New Jersey child support case no matter where you may live or where you may be in the process.