Child Support and Alimony Issues in Newton, NJ and Sussex County New Jersey
Resolving support issues after divorce or separation
Adapting to single life after divorce or separation can be a challenge, especially from a financial standpoint. Child support gives single parents the help they need to raise their children and support themselves. Alimony eases the transition from married to single life, providing a means of support to spouses who gave up their careers. If you are the payee, these sources of income can be very helpful. If you are the payor, however, child support and alimony can be a financial burden that can follow you for years to come. These are important issues, and we have been helping people resolve them in Sussex, Passaic, Morris and Warren Counties for decades. The attorneys at Hollander, Strelzik, Pasculli, Hinkes, Wojcik, Gacquin, Vandenberg & Hontz, L.L.C. work closely with clients on both sides of this issue to ensure that child support and alimony obligations remain fair and adequate.
Determining and receiving child support
Federal law requires every state to have guidelines in place for determining child support under typical circumstances. Under New Jersey’s guidelines, the court considers the total net income of each parent to determine a basic child support obligation and then allocates that obligation between the parents in appropriate proportions. If one parent has sole custody, the noncustodial parent must pay the determined amount to the custodial parent as child support. If the parents have joint custody, the support amount is adjusted to account for the percentage of time each parent has custody. These guidelines apply in most cases, although a court may deviate from them if special circumstances exist.
How New Jersey law treats alimony
Unlike child support, alimony is not a guarantee. Also unlike child support, alimony cannot be calculated with mathematical precision. If the parties cannot agree to an amount through a prenuptial agreement or through divorce negotiations, a spouse can ask the court to set alimony based on several factors:
- The payee spouse’s needs
- The payor spouse’s ability to pay
- The age and health of each spouse
- Each spouse’s contribution to the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The income and earning capacity of each spouse
- The lifestyle during the marriage
- Each spouse’s parental responsibilities
Through a combination of alimony and equitable distribution, courts try to give each spouse a fair reflection of what they contributed to the marriage and preserve the standard of living they enjoyed. Modifying support and alimony is also possible if there is a substantial change in circumstances. Child support can be raised or lowered based on changes in the incomes of the parents and the needs of the child.
Contact our Newton firm for help with your family law and support issues
Our attorneys at Hollander, Strelzik, Pasculli, Hinkes, Wojcik, Gacquin, Vandenberg & Hontz, L.L.C. have helped people in Newton on both sides of child support and alimony issues understand their rights for nearly 50 years. Call our office today at 862-273-3465 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can help.