Child Support Lawyer in Moorestown, NJ
Experienced, Local Family Law Attorney Representing Clients Throughout South Jersey Including Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Cumberland County and Beyond
In New Jersey, both parents are expected to contribute to the financial support of their children. Parents who are divorcing, separating or who were never married must develop a plan for how they intend to provide for their children. If they cannot work out a child support agreement that is in the best interest of the children, the court will do so for them.
Establishing Child Support
Child support is designed to cover ordinary expenses of food, shelter, clothing, education and medication. In most cases, child support is determined by the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. This formula takes into consideration how much each parent earns, the amount of time the children live with each parent, the age and needs of the children, and numerous other factors, including who pays for health insurance and day care expenses.
The family law court can impute income on a parent who is earning less than he or she reasonably could. For example, if a father quit a well-paying full time job and now works part time, the court may impute income to him based on his ability to earn, not his current income. Likewise, income may be imputed to a mother who is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed.
The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC in Moorestown, New Jersey, represents clients who need to establish, modify or enforce child support. Whether you want to minimize the amount of support you pay or maximize what you receive, please contact our office or call us directly.
New Jersey child support payments are based on a formula, but attorney Stephen Piper understands that the values you put into the formula make all the difference. He knows what income and expenses must be accounted for to obtain a fair result. His law office has the experience and technology software needed to review different child support scenarios so you can see how they will affect you.
The court usually orders that child support be paid until a child is emancipated. This can occur when the child reaches the age of 18 and is working full time, has married or has entered military service. Support may be extended if the child is attending school.
Modification of Child Support
The court recognizes that people’s lives and circumstances change. If you lost a job, became disabled or became financially responsible for more children, you may not be able to meet your court ordered child support obligation. Attorney Stephen Piper can request that the court modify your child support to reflect your new circumstances. It is important to talk to an attorney as soon as you experience a significant change in circumstances. The modified child support obligation is only retroactive to the date of filing the motion for modification — not to the date of the change itself.
Enforcement of Child Support
If your child’s other parent is not paying child support, attorney Stephen R. Piper can take steps to enforce the court order. He can represent you at an enforcement hearing that will consider remedies ranging from wage garnishment to issuing a bench warrant for the arrest of the party who is not paying support.
To learn more about child support in New Jersey, please contact us online or call us directly.
From offices in Moorestown, New Jersey, divorce and family law attorney Stephen R. Piper represents clients in Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, Cumberland County and throughout South Jersey, and in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania.