Need an Attorney for Child Support?

Divorce Lawyers Review New Jersey and New York Child Support Laws

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At KGG, our divorce attorneys in Rockland County and Bergen County understand that the most difficult and emotional part of a divorce for parents involves their children. We are experienced in handling all aspects of your divorce, including child custody and child support.

For legal advice regarding child support before, during and after your divorce, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.

How is Child Support Calculated in New York and New Jersey?

All divorced parents, whether or not they are named the primary custodian, have an obligation to financially support their children. Both New York child support and New Jersey child support use an income-based formula to calculate the amount of child support owed from one parent to another. In the simplest terms, a child support calculator is the process used to combine both parents’ income, then looking to state guidelines to determine the right amount of support for the number of children. Then the total support is proportionately divided between the parents, and the deficiency will be paid from one parent to the other. Parents may split additional costs, such as medical insurance, day care expenses and extracurricular activities in proportion to their incomes or equally.

There are times when a court may choose not to apply the general guidelines, or to make certain exceptions due to special circumstances. At KGG, we will carefully review all the details of your case to determine what is in the best interest of your children and what is affordable for each parent.

When Can I Modify Child Support?

Is your former spouse failing to fulfill the child support obligations as they are stated in your divorce settlement agreement? Parents who are not receiving court-ordered support must retain a child support enforcement attorney to protect your child’s rights, before the arrearage (past amount owed) becomes overwhelming.

Child support orders should be reviewed every few years, as circumstances for both the recipient parent and paying parent may change. It is important to remember that child support is actually the right of the child. Any time the court is asked to revisit a prior divorce order, they will base any decision on what is best for the child in question. When a parent can demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances, such as a significant income change or a child reaches the age of emancipation, it may be necessary to revisit and modify the child support order.

KGG attorneys are always here for you, to help you determine or refine support obligations for your divorce. We can also discuss your request for a modification or enforcement of support responsibilities.

Need a Family Lawyer to Calculate Child Support?

Every case is different, and each situation is unique. The information on this page is not intended to serve as legal advice and you should protect your rights and the rights of your children by contacting an experienced attorney. You can reach the KGG team toll free at: (800) 711-5258. We also welcome your emails, or simply fill out a contact form on this site and we will get in touch with you.