New York, NY asked in Child Support and Divorce for New Jersey

Q: Alimony period is about to end, how do I calculate what the new child support amount will be? (Assuming it will go up)

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Elena K. Weitz
Elena K. Weitz
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  • Millburn, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You will need to exchange income information with your ex-spouse and then child support can be calculated by an attorney or by the court. A court order will need to be entered regarding the change in child support. An experienced attorney can do this for you and navigate you through the process and a court hearing may not even be necessary. You should consider consulting with an attorney today.

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Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
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  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: This is not a simple calculation. Both of you will need to obtain current Case Information Statements, among other things. A Motion to the Court seeking a new order will be required. You need to retain an experienced matrimonial attorney, this is not a do it yourself project. Do not let geographic restrictions get in the way of retaining the best attorney. Pick the best attorney you can find and remember one rule: a good attorney is generally never cheap, and a cheap attorney is generally never good so don't choose based on price.

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Santo Artusa Jr.
Santo Artusa Jr.
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  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: I agree with the above response in that you need to recalculate child support based on the new incomes of the parties or imputed income of the parties.

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Bari Weinberger
Bari Weinberger
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  • Parsippany, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Thank you for your question I know how concerned you must be about the new amount of child support once alimony terminates.

The short answer is that more information is needed. In determining child support, there is a presumption that the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines apply for children under the age of eighteen. Several important factors will be used by the court in computing the correct child support amount under the child support guidelines, including current income information, as well as the prior and actual earning abilities of the parties. Other important factors and costs for the child are factored into the final child support award. It is important to protect your interests and have an experienced family law lawyer explain the various factors the court will consider in calculating the appropriate child support award.

I hope this information was helpful to you.

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