Alimony & Child Support

Do I have to contribute to my child’s graduate school?

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

Do I have to contribute to my child’s graduate school?

Do I have to contribute to my child’s graduate school? An Ocean County trial court judge has recently ruled that a child over twenty three years old who wants to attend graduate school has the burden of showing that a non-custodial parent should be required to contribute to the costs of this continued education. In J.C. v. A.C., the parties’ divorce agreement directed for the sharing of college education but made no mention of any post-graduate education. The custodial parent brought an action to require the non-custodial parent to contribute to their oldest child’s desire...

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Understanding Child Support Termination

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

Understanding Child Support Termination

Understanding Child Support Termination As discussed in a prior posting, on January 19, 2016, significant revisions were made to the law concerning the termination of child support. These changes take effect on February 1, 2017. This posting will summarize what you need to know about these changes. Question: Is there now a specific age when a child is deemed to be emancipated? Answer: The statutory changes do not touch upon a determination of whether or not a child is emancipated. The legislation relates only to the obligation to pay child support. Issues concerning emancipation are still...

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Be Careful Defining College Contribution Obligations in Your Divorce Agreement

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

Be Careful Defining College Contribution Obligations in Your Divorce Agreement

Be Careful Defining College Contribution Obligations in Your Divorce Agreement Divorced parents in New Jersey more often than not will be faced with a situation where they will be required to contribute in some fashion to their child’s college expenses. When faced with a dispute in this regard, the Family Court turns to the New Jersey Supreme Court case of Newburgh v. Arrigo to determine whether a parent should contribute to a child’s college costs and the extent of the contribution. In light of this, it is common place for a divorce agreement to contain language recognizing that...

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The New Law Concerning the Termination of Child Support

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

The New Law Concerning the Termination of Child Support

The New Law Concerning the Termination of Child Support Earlier this year Governor Christine signed S-1046 / A-2721 into law. It is now been established that child support will end when a child reaches the age of 19 (rather than a rebuttable presumption that it ends at age 18). However, child support could still continue up to age 23 under certain circumstances as follows:           * The child is still in high school           * The child is attending full-time college, vocational or graduate...

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Child Support May be Adjusted for Car Insurance Expenses

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

Child Support May be Adjusted for Car Insurance Expenses

Child Support May be Adjusted for Car Insurance Expenses An Ocean County trial court judge has recently ruled that the court, in its reasonable discretion, may adjust Child Support Guideline awards to account for the additional cost of car insurance for a newly licensed teenage driver. In Fichter v. Fichter, the parties divorced in 2011. At that time their children were seventeen and thirteen years old. As part of their divorce agreement, dad was to pay child support in the amount of $303 per week as calculated pursuant to New Jersey’s Child Support Guidelines for both children. The...

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What happens if I stop paying support?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | 0 comments

What happens if I stop paying support?

What happens if I stop paying support? If you have been court ordered to pay support (alimony, child support or something else) or if you have agreed to pay support then it is expected that you will actually pay consistent with the order or agreement. If you do not then there is a process in place seeking to bring you into compliance. In the event that you stop paying support the person expecting support can file a motion with the court seeking to enforce the support order/agreement. In cases where the support payments are to be made through the Probation Department they can, on their own,...

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