New Jersey Child Support Lawyers
Experienced Child Support Counsel and Representation in Bergen County, Central New Jersey and New York
As a parent, you want your children to be minimally impacted by divorce, allowing them to grow and follow their dreams. Child support is a major factor in ensuring your child’s well-being. At Schultz & Associates, LLC, our New Jersey child support lawyers advocate for your child’s needs while also taking fairness into account.
Our New Jersey child support lawyers have represented parents who need to obtain child support or have to pay child support. Our New Jersey child support lawyers also give advice regarding enforcement of child support orders and past-due child support payments, in addition to helping clients whose financial circumstances may require a modification in child support. Our New Jersey child support lawyers have more than 20 years of combined experience in helping families find equitable solutions that ensure their children’s security.
Understanding New Jersey’s Child Support Guidelines
In New Jersey, there are child support guidelines based on a formula that takes into account:
- The number of children;
- The number of overnights exercised by the parents;
- The net incomes of both the non-custodial and the custodial parent;
- Alimony being paid and/or received;
- If applicable, alimony or child support paid by a former spouse or for children from a previous marriage;
- The daycare cost paid by the custodial parent; and
- The cost of health insurance paid by the custodial parent.
These are presumptive guidelines, but your case may have special circumstances that will require us to assist you in determining an additional amount of child support to be paid and/or received. Private school, combined income wage earners, special needs children and special education, among other issues, may enter into the equation. As advocates for your child, our New Jersey child support lawyers will work to demonstrate to the court that those expenses are necessary and reasonable for your children.
New Jersey Child Support Laws: Enforcement and Modification
When a parent is overdue or has stopped making court-ordered child support payments, enforcement becomes necessary. In New Jersey, penalties for failure to pay child support are severe, and may include incarceration for up to six months, driver’s license suspension or revocation, seizure of assets, and negative reports on credit ratings. If you are owed child support, our New Jersey child support lawyers can represent you and help you obtain all past-due payments by attaching wages, seizing property or intercepting tax refunds.
If you are behind in child support payments, you need immediate representation in negotiating a payment plan or modification. If you are experiencing a significant change in circumstances that affects your ability to meet your child support obligations, you may be eligible for a post-judgment modification. It is important that you contact an experienced New Jersey child support lawyer to assist you in evaluating your situation and help you achieve a reasonable adjustment.
Learn More About Your Child Support Rights
Contact our experienced New Jersey child support lawyers representing clients in both New Jersey and New York at Schultz & Associates, LLC at 201-880-9770 to find out how our New Jersey child support lawyers can help you.