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4 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Would I owe child support on a stepchild?

My Japanese girlfriend is pregnant with our child and we would like to marry. She has a 4 year old son from a prior marriage who lives in Japan with his father; I have never had any contact with this child. She has been mum about whether her son will return at some point and wants me to focus on... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Dec 28, 2020

Thank you for your question. The 4 year old child you mention already has 2 parents. You are not biologically or legally related to him. Unless you marry your girlfriend, adopt him, and then divorce you would not owe child support for that other child.

That being said, you should legally...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a mother keep a child away from a non biological male that was put on a birth certificate for insurance reasons.

My girlfriend was married about 10 years ago. Stayed in the marriage for about a year. Never divorced. She dated 2 years later and got pregnant. The real father doesn't know and left before she knew she was pregnant.. The husband that she never divorced came around, put his name on the birth... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Dec 18, 2020

Thank you for your question. There are many moving parts in this scenario. The quick answer is that child is legally a product of the marriage. He was born during the marriage which makes the husband the father by rebuttal presumption. Then the mother confirmed he was the father by adding him to... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: How do I respond to a motion for term of alimony if I never received it via registered mail.

I contacted USPS multiple times and they don’t know where it is. Ex says court date is scheduled for Jan 8th. What should I do?

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Dec 18, 2020

Thank you for your question. The simple answer is you need an adjournment because you were not properly served. You can contact the Court directly and explain that you were never served. They will likely put you in touch with the Judge's law clerk.

The best thing to do is to consult...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Can my ex stop his child support since my boyfriend moved in?

We have joint custody of three children. I am the parent of primary residence. He pays me $400 a month for three children in child support. My boyfriend moved in and now my ex wants to stop his child support payments.

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Nov 20, 2020

Every situation is unique and has many factors. I can tell you that cohabitation is a reason to stop alimony payments, but not child support. Those are still his children and he still shares responsibility for their needs. That being said, you should consult with an experienced family law... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Hi. I have shared custody with my Ex. What are the relocations laws in Jersey?

I am divorced and the primary custodial parent and my ex has visitation. Our son is 13 years old. I am remarried and we would like to move out of state in a couple of years. My son would also like to. If my ex doesn’t consent, at what age would my son be able to express in the courts his desire?... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Nov 9, 2020

The standard in New Jersey is the best interests of the child. There are any number of things that could go into that analysis. If the other parent will not consent, then you need to file a motion to obtain a court order. The Court will take into account the child's preference at the age of 12... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: I have arrears my son was living with me since 2007 child support didn't stop until he turned 18

It didn't stop until 2009 I have a warrant now and I don't think I owe this money HELP ME PLEASE! THANK YOU

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Sep 15, 2020

Thank you for your question. I'm sure that is a very stressful situation. You should immediately contact the probation department and make sure they know that your son is over 18. If you are on amicable terms with the other parent you should also ask him or her to contact probation and suspend... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: I live in florida my kids were born here my ex took the kids to new jersey applied for food stamps and medicaid then

Left the state and moved without any notice i have not seen or talked to my two boys in almost 10 years i need to get a reduction on my support order how do i do that

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Sep 3, 2020

Thank you for your question. That sounds very frustrating. You need to consult an experienced family law attorney in the state where your child support order originates. If it is a NJ order then seek counsel in NJ. Also, consider that if you are still paying child support then your ex is receiving... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: there has been interference with custody and contact of my children by my exhusband. we have 50/50 what is my next ?

what is my next step with getting this rectified?

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Sep 2, 2020

Thank you for your question. I am sure this is a stressful situation for you. I do not have enough information to give you a complete answer. What I can tell you is that if your ex-husband is not following the court order you can start by going to the police and making an "incident... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Does NJ Initiate a court hearing for unpaid child support, or does the plaintive half to do it?

My mother and father have been divorced for many years, my father (parent to pay C S) recently received a letter from the State of New Jersey stating he needs to appear in court regarding unpaid child support. Is that something my mother (parent receiving C S) would have had to file or would the... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Sep 2, 2020

Thank you for your question. It could have been either one. The probation department might have commenced an enforcement proceeding if your father is in arrears on his support. It is also possible that your mother filed an enforcement motion because your father is in arrears and she wants that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Child Support in NJ ended when my daughter turned 19 this year. Can Mom get a new Child Support order in Massachusetts?

Hi, Mom and daughter moved from NJ to Massachusetts 2 years ago but I continued paying child support in NJ. NJ order ended when she turned 19. Now the mom has submitted a new order in Massachusetts. Is she eligible for more child support? I am paying for college and offered to help, but she... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Sep 1, 2020

It is unlikely that Massachusetts would enter a new support order as most states do not compel support after the age of 18. That being said, I am not licensed in Massachusetts. You would need to speak to an attorney licensed in that jurisdiction for a complete analysis.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Im on child support but my child mother has abandoned her son ain’t seen him since June 7 haven’t called or reached Out

It’s not the first time it’s happened she did it back in 2019 I lost job I pay child support my son in daycare from 8 to 530 and I take him the weekends every week when I got off on Friday she wanted to take a overnight job and she wanted me to keep my son sun until thrusday and still pay... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Jul 29, 2020

Thank you for your question. This situation must be very stressful for you. The short answer is that you need to file a motion to modify the prior order to give you custody and adjust child support accordingly. That being said, your case has a lot of moving parts, so you should consult with an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: ex wife remarries and has 3 more kids apart mine and and never reports her remarriage is that legal

She has never worked a day in her life and her new husband has increased her household income

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Jul 26, 2020

If you are asking if she allowed to get remarried, the answer is yes. If you are asking if she should still continue to receive alimony, the answer is no. There are several things to consider in your situation.

In order to approach it in a way that is most likely to be successful for you,...
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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Can I get alimony?

Me and my husband have been separated for 2 years he threw away all of my belongings and I just found out today that his girlfriend is two months pregnant and wanted to know if I can get alimony from him?

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Jul 26, 2020

There are several factors involved in an award of alimony. Your husband's new child is not one of those factors. The short answer is that it is unlikely. Even assuming you would have been likely to receive alimony when you first separated, had you gotten divorced at that time, you have now... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Can a 14 year old child decide which parent to live with
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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Jul 20, 2020

Good question, unfortunately the answer is not simple. In New Jersey a 14 year old is allowed to make his or her preferences known to the Court. The Court is required to consider those preferences, but does not have to agree with them. The most efficient way to make sure the Judge known's the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Immigration Law, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Q: How do I find an attorney in New Jersey when I'm not sure which type to look for as my issue overlaps specialties?

I have an issue that involves divorce with domestic violence and abuse. I would like to file a civil suit against my spouse for the abuse and for emotional distress and the therapy that I will need due to the abuse. An immigration issue is involved as well. How do I figure out the best attorney and... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Jul 8, 2020

Divorce and domestic violence are family court issues, so start there. Many family law firms, including mine, offer free consultations. A civil suit involving domestic violence is called a Tevis Claim and is filed in the family court as part of your divorce. It may ultimately be removed to Law... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Hi. I have a custody question.

I live in NJ. I have two kids, 15 and 11. They no longer want to live with their mother. She beats them, cuss and threatens them constantly. I wanted to keep her in their lives, but they are getting tired of her. And want to come with me full time. As of now, We share joint residential custody.... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Jun 3, 2020

Thank you for your question. I am sorry that you and your children have to deal with such a distressing situation. The short answer is you can file a motion. The specifics are more complicated than that, and would be tailored to your specific situation. A change in primary custody in New Jersey... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I make a legally binding agreement with my husband?

I want to separate from my husband. We have two kids, I don't work, and I would like to keep the kids. My husband has told me he would provide for me my rent, and a weekly amount of money, since I don't work and I need to take care of both kids.

Can we make a legal agreement... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on May 22, 2020

Thank you for your question. There is o such thing as legal separation in NJ. That being said you have options. You could file a non-dissolution action with the court and then execute a Consent Order with all the terms you and your husband agree on. You could also do a Divorce from Bed &... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: i'm 16 turning 17 and i want to move out of my house with my friend and his mother, if i have a job would it be fine?

my parents and i constantly argue and i want to move out, my friends mom has already told me i can stay with them as long as i pay rent which i would be fine with. but would my parents be able to stop me if they wanted to?

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Apr 28, 2020

If your parents agree to you moving out then they would have to assign temporary custody to your friend's mom so that she could consent if you needed emergency medical treatment, for example. If your parents are not in agreement, then yes they can stop you. You are a minor child.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: My ex husband had stopped paying child support and giving the rent money for 3 weeks now due to covid-19. What can i do?

He has his own company but no work coming in. He usually pays our rent and divides the amount weekly. Im unemployed waiting on unemployment, i have no income whatsoever, and we have 4 children, they all live with me.

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Apr 28, 2020

Thank you for your questions. I'm sure this is a very frustrating and scary time for you. There may be several options available to you. You could file a motion to enforce and you would receive a portion of any unemployment your husband receives. While he owns his own business and would... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: How do I oppose and/or what form do I file in NJ to oppose modification in child support?

My ex hired an attorney who filed a request for a decrease in child support stating that my ex lost his job on 3/20. My ex is co founder of his multi million dollar company based out of NYC and has 7 offices around the world and is lying that he lost his job. My CS goes through probation and is... Read more »

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Teresa L. Reichek answered on Apr 27, 2020

Thank you for your question. I am sorry that you are dealing with such a frustrating situation. If the opposing party filed for modification then it is in your best interests to file a response and potentially a cross application.

That being said, there is a lot to know before filing...
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