If you have young children, child support will be one of the most important issues to resolve in the event of a divorce. All too often, divorcing parents will fight bitterly over child custody and support issues. Unfortunately, the people who suffer the most in this process are your children.
Attorney Jeffrey M. Bloom is committed to keeping the best interests of your child at heart, and he will help you resolve child support issues in a way that makes sure your children are adequately provided for after the divorce.
If you have a child support dispute, the best way to learn about your rights and options is to speak with Mr. Bloom in person. Please call (855) 208-3650 today to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Hackensack and West New York.
New Jersey child support is established pursuant to the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. Couples earning up to approximately $180,000.00 per year fall within those guidelines. The guidelines are a formula, established by the State, which sets forth how much support should be paid based upon the parties’ income, number of overnights, number of children and other factors including childcare and health care costs. While the parties’ may deviate from the mandated amounts that must be justified to a Judge with the parties acknowledging they understand the deviation and accept it. Unlike other aspects of a divorce, child support, as well as child custody, is always subject to future review by the Court to ensure that each party is acting in the best interest of the child.
When the parties’ combined income exceeds the amount set by the child support guidelines, child support is not determined by them. Courts will look at the lifestyle of the parents and, more particularly, the lifestyle of the children, to determine what support should be. All children should benefit from their parent’s good fortune.
The Court will look to whether children have enjoyed traveling and more expensive hobbies. The Court will not, however, award an excess of support beyond that which is reasonable. As it has been stated by our Courts: while children may benefit from their parent’s financial success, no child needs two ponies.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom we can help navigate significant child support above that which is permitted by the child support guidelines to enable our more affluent clients to secure the benefits to which they are entitled.
Child support in New Jersey is governed by statute. The law recently changed to provide that any child upon graduation of high school and obtaining nineteen (19) years of age is presumptively emancipated. The burden is now on the custodial parent to seek child support beyond nineteen (19) if the child is enrolled in college or other post-secondary education on a full-time basis.
At the Law Office of Jeffrey M. Bloom we seek to incorporate protection into any divorce agreement providing for the contingencies that children will attend college. College is exceptionally expensive and often poses a significant financial drain on both the parents and the child. It is important to address the issue of college tuition and its payments at the time of divorce to avoid future litigation and potential alienation of the college bound child. Often times agreements are created requiring the child to apply for financial aid to offset those costs. The parent’s income at time of college enrollment often cannot be predicted at the time of the divorce. Thus, contingencies must be made to anticipate that parties’ income may change, either upward or downward. An experienced divorce attorney will address these issues and help the client anticipate the future expenses and responsibilities associated with their college bound children.
After a divorce, child support may be ordered for a specific amount. However, future job loss, a change in income, or change in the financial needs of the child may necessitate a modification of child support.
If you are seeking a child support modification, or if you wish to object to a proposed modification of support, we can help. To schedule a consultation with a child support modification lawyer at The Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom, contact us online today or call (855) 208-3650. We represent clients in Bergen County, Hudson County, throughout North Jersey and West New York.
Parties cannot simply change child support on their own. They must go through the court process and seek a modification. Some common reasons why a child support modification may be approved include:
In family law matters involving children, the courts strive to make all determinations in the best interests of each child involved. All issues involving children may be reviewed by the court, and are always able to be changed to benefit the child.
Our law firm can assist you through the process of seeking a child support modification. We will explain the requirements and make sure that your child’s financial needs are fully met.
We represent individuals in West New York, Union City and throughout North Jersey who are looking to modify a child custody arrangement, as well as those objecting to a proposed custody change. We will help you determine the full scope of legal options available and protect your rights as well as those of your children.
Although the law requires that both parents support their children, child support payments can be awarded to the parent who has physical custody of the children. New Jersey uses an official child support calculator to determine the amount of support to be paid. The calculator takes into account:
The New Jersey child support calculator considers issues such as:
The law stipulating the use of the calculator also includes provisions for modification and enforcement of child support.
Mr. Bloom puts your children ahead of all other considerations in all matters that arise from divorce. He makes a practice of staying current with each county’s procedures for handling delinquent child support payments so that when problems arise, our office is prepared.
We obtain court orders to have child support payments garnished from your spouse’s wages. We have also defended spouses who were jailed because of non-payment. In each case, our overriding concern is the welfare of the children involved in child support arguments.
We believe it is not in the best interests of the children to be caught in the middle of a lengthy child support dispute. Being prepared allows for speedy resolution of any support issues.
To learn more about changing, modifying, or enforcing child support payments in New Jersey, contact our West New York and Hackensack offices. We discuss the options available to you and your children. We have been helping parents and children with custody matters since 1988, serving clients in northern New Jersey communities such as North Bergen, Hackensack, and Ridgewood. Call (855) 208-3650.