Even under the best of circumstances, the divorce process can be stressful, emotional and overwhelming. When children are involved, the anxiety and financial stress can escalate when both parents cannot come to an amicable agreement over what is best for the children. In addition to the basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter; there are other costs that must be considered when determining child support. These costs include health care, educational expenses, extra-curricular activities like sports and music, counseling, transportation and entertainment. Our Monmouth County child support lawyers will work closely with you to determine the financial responsibility of each parent, keeping the children’s best interests a priority.
There are three basic principles that must be met in a New Jersey child support case. First, both parents are responsible for paying child support for the specified amount of time. Second, each child must be financially cared for based on the parents’ combined income. Third, the financial arrangement of the divorce should not have a negative impact on the children.
The court will consider a variety of factors that will determine each parent’s financial obligations. These may include investment portfolios, the earning potential of each parent, and ongoing medical costs. While the court considers a family’s pre-divorce lifestyle, the goal of maintaining that lifestyle after a divorce is not always guaranteed, considering the challenge of maintaining two households on income that formerly supported one home. Our Monmouth County child support lawyers have the dedication and compassion to help guide you through this process as seamlessly as possible.
Families who have children with special needs have a unique set of issues that must be addressed in a child support case. These families typically have higher medical expenses as a result of medications, physical and occupational therapy, and expensive medical treatments. Consulting an experienced divorce lawyer in Monmouth County is crucial to coming up with the best child support plan that addresses these unique circumstances.
Oftentimes, a couple can reach a child support arrangement through mediation. At the family law offices of Fox & Melofchik, our experienced, knowledgeable Ocean Township child support lawyers implement a variety of mediation strategies that can help you and your spouse reach an amicable outcome, and avoid the costly and time-consuming process of litigation. Your child’s best interests are always our main priority, and we are committed to guiding you through every step of the process.
Over time, the financial circumstances of one or both of the parents may change. Examples of this include changes in employment status, whether it is a promotion or the loss of a job, resulting in a significant change in salary. In addition, if one or both parents remarry or relocate to a different state, this could warrant a modification to the child support agreement. In cases like this, the court may modify the amount and frequency of payments based on each parent’s current financial status.
The divorce process can be daunting if you do not have an experienced, dedicated Ocean Township divorce lawyer on your side to protect your rights. When child support issues are part of the divorce process, it can be extremely stressful. Monmouth County child support lawyers at Fox & Melofchik will help you navigate this difficult process. Our offices are located in Ocean Township and we serve clients throughout Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Mercer County and Ocean County, as well as the towns of Colts Neck, Marlboro, Rumson, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Manalapan, Deal, Holmdel, Spring Lake and Ocean Grove. For a free initial consultation, contact us at (732) 493-9400 or contact us online.