The laws of New Jersey obligate each parent to financially contribute towards the upbringing of each child born of the relationship. The child support obligation is calculated using the Child Support Guidelines. In arriving at this obligation, there are a number of factors which are considered when calculating child support including, among other things, the following:
• Age of the child;
• Income level of the parents;
• Health Insurance Contributions of the Parties;
• Overnight visitation;
• Standard of Living before the marriage;
• Any special needs of the children
Once the Court sets the parties’ child support obligation, a party can only modify this child support obligation demonstrating to the Court that a change of circumstances has taken place which warrants an upward or downward modification of the child support obligation. A change of circumstances could be, among other things, a loss of employment, salary increase or decrease, illness or special needs of the child. We are experienced at negotiating fair and equitable child support obligations and litigating post-judgment child
support modifications. We are equipped with the latest child support software and we carefully examine the parties financial circumstances and custody arrangements in order to negotiate a reasonable child support obligation. In appropriate cases, our attorneys also defend clients against modification petitions filed by the other parent.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding child support or family law, please contact the attorneys at Timothy J. Little, P.C. at 732-634-5512.