Child Support And Alimony In New Jersey
Child support and alimony determinations may become a part of a divorce settlement. If you have children and are now going through the divorce process, it is almost certain that the noncustodial parent will contribute a portion of their income to support a child. Alimony is more complicated, but may be court-ordered in the event that the divorcing parties are left on unequal financial footing.
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At Ullmann & Mikulka, Attorneys At Law, our attorneys are experienced in representing parties on both sides of support arrangements and disputes. Whether you want to collect alimony or child support or you are seeking to defend against unmanageable obligations, our attorneys will provide the advocacy and counsel you need.
Will I Be Able To Collect Alimony After My Divorce?
Whether or not alimony (also known as “spousal support”) will be ordered in your case depends on a number of factors. In determining whether a party is owed temporary or permanent support, the court will take into consideration many factors, including:
- The duration of the marriage
- The income of both parties
- Any agreements made during the marriage
- The education and earning capacity of both parties
Alimony can be open durational (until remarriage, death or retirement as defined by statute), limited duration alimony (only for a period of time), or reimbursement alimony (to reimburse for costs of education or investment). Depending on the individual circumstances of your case, you may be able to collect alimony on a long-term or temporary basis. Our attorneys can help to collect or defend against a support determination or help you seek modification to an existing order. We can also explain the impact of the most recent alimony reform statute.
How Is Child Support Determined In New Jersey?
The application of New Jersey child support guidelines are mandatory in every case. This means that in any custody or divorce case, the court must make a child support determination based on the guidelines set forth in statute. Guidelines that will be taken into consideration include:
- The income of both parties
- Any special needs of the child
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The custody arrangement between the parties
There may be cases where the couple’s combined income may exceed the guidelines ($3600 per week combined net income), in which case a judge will apply certain statutory factors.
Our attorneys can assist in creating support agreements during divorce proceedings as well as represent individuals who were never married. We handle all aspects of child support, from initial determination and enforcement through modification. We are also experienced in complex child support issues involving college contribution, medical expenses and child care expenses.