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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Married over 30 years. Youngest 2 of 6 children are Freshmen & Sr. in college. Hubby wants divorce but does not

want to pay spousal or child support for the 2 college kids. Now in my mid 50's, I have no income and we cannot afford divorce, as per multiple attorneys from previous consultations. About $100,000 equity in the house, $30,000 in 401K and he has $40,000 in separate personal account from... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Sep 20, 2021

I dont know if any of the lawyers you met with for consultation purposes were specialists, but presumably during your consultation[s], you discussed your employment history, your husbands current employment setting and your employment potential to determine what your husbands support obligation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Can my husband and I get a pro-bono lawyer in Morris Co., NJ for mediation for divorce if it's expected to take more

then 2 hours. When we had the mediation settlement panel thru the court, one of the attorneys was pushing for mediation and said it would probably cost over $5,000 and would take more than a few hours. We don't have alot of money or assets, in fact we were told from the beginning we... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Sep 14, 2021

I have been a divorce lawyer for the past 36 years and it doesn't sound like the issue is the cost of the mediators involvement. Rather, it sounds like the issue is your husbands bullying and pressure tactics. The bigger problem for you is that mediation is a confidential process. The court... Read more »

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Q: Can I terminate paying child support if my son is 20 yo is in College but has steady earnings workin remotely in NJ?
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Sep 9, 2021

I dont know if there is a court order or agreement in place requiring you to pay child support until your son graduates from college or if there is an order requiring you to pay child support through the probation department system, but simply terminating your payments may cause your ex or the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: I have a 16 yr old granddaughter whom was living with her mother in GA. Her mom kicked her out and sent her to her fathe

To NJ. Granddaughter wants to live with father. Mother refused to send docs to father. As her maternal grandmother can I ask the court for a law guardian for my Granddaughter. Father can't get birth certificate, his name isn't on it. My daughter wants her daughter to live hard. Job corps... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek answered on Aug 23, 2021

Thank you for your question. I am so sorry that you and your granddaughter have to go through this stressful time.

The most direct answer is you can file a grandparents rights application and request formal custody of your granddaughter. Then the court can order your daughter to turn over...
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Q: In NJ, does child support automatically end when child reaches 18?. Do I have to file motion for it?.

Divorce papers state 18 if not attending school after high school

Michael Andrew Conte
Michael Andrew Conte answered on Jul 16, 2021

If the case is being administrated by the probation department, there is supposed to be issued documents prior to the child's 18th birthday asking the custodial parent for documentation of college enrollment, or other information that would continue child support beyond the child's 18th... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: My son has a baby, doesnt want a relationship wjth but wants to provide for him. What's the best way to do this
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Jul 1, 2021

Legally, even if he doesn't want a relationship with his child, he still has an obligation to provide child support for him, health care assistance and contribution to work related child care. As a general statement, to determine the amount of child support your son should pay, the state of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: How can I get out of my child support arrears? I was not in the courtroom when the judge made a ruling.

I have a child I take care of separate. I have filed for SSDI

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 7, 2021

Whether you were in the room or not, either your ex or the probation department submitted an application for enforcement and provided the court with the details of your noncompliance with your child support obligation. Upon receipt of that application you were obligated to file a written opposition... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: NJ college tuition as part of child support

We have an MSA codified when we were in Virginia but divorced in NJ where we both currently live. I’m concerned my ex wife will try to take me to court to use NJ law/precedent to make me pay college tuition after child support ends. 1. Is she likely to win in NJ court even if we have an MSA from... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 6, 2021

I dont think my answer will come as a big surprise to you. You need to sit down with an experienced family law attorney to review the terms of your agreement and any court orders entered in your matter ( in Virginia and in New Jersey) to determine how a court would address the issue if presented.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: My son is 23 I am still paying child support for him cause his mom is playing the disabled card

My sone needs a liver but he can do everything on his own he can walk fine feed himself go to gym even plays video games and goes to the mall alone and has had jobs his mother uses him as a meal ticket I do owe back support I got behind cause I can’t offord it I pay less for my teen girls... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Apr 29, 2021

Under the law in New Jersey, a child is presumed emancipated at age18 / graduation from high school. If the child goes on to college / trade school following his graduation from high school, emancipation can be deferred but not past age 23, except if he is disabled, but the definition of disability... Read more »

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Q: In the state of New Jersey I pay child support but can’t offord it

I can offord the payment but I send something every week and I don’t have a job cause of covid but I do pay money to child support every week I have court soon and I’m not sure why

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek answered on Apr 23, 2021

Thank you for your question. The court calculates child support based on a number of factors. To have that amount adjusted you need to prove a permanent change in circumstances. Unemployment is generally not considered permanent. You are likely being summoned to a court appearance for an... Read more »

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Q: whi is it im paying child support for an adult whos mom clames he is disabled when he can do everything for himself

my child is 23 i pay child support for him his mother says he is dis abled when i have pictures that he gose to the gym is able to walk himself and feed and use the bathroom on his own but yet i still pay child support for him

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Apr 22, 2021

Good question. Maybe its time to see a divorce lawyer to discuss the filing of an application with the court for termination of your child support obligation? Under the law, there is a specific definition of disabled applicable to a termination of child support matter. If presented properly, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Why did I receive a letter from child support when I didn't apply?

I recently received a letter from Child Support giving me a user id and a temporary pin. I am the custodial parent and I didn't request child support. I am the sole person financially responsible for my dependent.

I recently was served with papers regarding custody/visitation. Could... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Apr 22, 2021

Yes. Please also make sure that you file your response to the custody / parenting time request promptly if you object to the custody or parenting time sought by your ex. You cannot simply walk into court and tell the court your objection. Under the court rules, you must file a specific written... Read more »

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Q: Is there a formula to determine child support in NJ when the children are living at college for part of the year?

I currently collect child support for 2 children aged 17 & 20. Both plan to attend college in the fall and live on campus. I've been divorced from their father for 12 years. For the first 6 years I had a court order which a received mostly alimony and child support. When the alimony... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek answered on Apr 20, 2021

Thank you for your question. Situations like yours can be confusing. There is not a specific formula when children are residents at college. We use what is called the Jacoby analysis. It is named after a case involving this issue. It is based on actual costs and expenses for the child in question.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: Looking to prepare a response to motion for enforcement of litigants rights.

Looking for any advice and insight on response to motion: any advice on content, format, links to helpful sites, etc.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Mar 15, 2021

So.... your ex has filed an application with the court for enforcement of a prior court order or agreement on an issue involving custody, parenting time, alimony, child support and or related expense items for children, support arrears, college selection or the college costs, or with regard to the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I live in NJ and my kids live in TN. The divorce and parenting plan were made in TN. Is it valid if they move out of TN?

My kids and their mom are moving out of TN to Georgia and I currently live in NJ. Is the parenting agreement that was made in TN regarding travel and child support still valid in another state?

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Mar 2, 2021

Not a simple question since you are telling me that your ex and the children are planning on moving out of Georgia.

If they were staying in Georgia, under the “Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act” (UCCJEA), Georgia would retains control over your children. But if no...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: My out of state ex has ignored court order to pay $80k in child support arrears. How can I get Judge to charge a felony

He was Ordered to pay me $80k by November 15th 2020. He ignored Order. He is self employed and a multi millionaire. His arrears are now $100k+ child support garnishes him approximately $3k a month

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Feb 24, 2021

The family part judge is not going to criminally charge your ex with a felony for nonpayment of support but a family part judge does have a host of other tools available to him to address your ex's noncompliance with his support obligation and arrearage obligation. My suggestion is that you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: children are covered through the state by the mother for health. Will the medical support notice be sent to my employer?

We had a mutual agreement she would

Get them covered through state but order states I’m responsible does the child support agency look

Up

If they are covered before they send out notice?

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Feb 15, 2021

If you and your ex had an agreement as to coverage for the children but the order entered by the judge hearing the child support issue entered an order requiring you to provide health insurance coverage for the children, then you need to file an application with the court immediately to correct... Read more »

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Q: Can I take my ex to court for hacking into my emails and threatening to use them to keep me from filing child support
Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Jan 4, 2021

Im not sure what would be in your emails that would be related to sweking child support, but yes you can take him to court for both. You have the criminal and civil actions for breaking into and threatening to disseminate your personal information.

Every parent owes a duty of child support...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: What are the penalties for custodial child support fraud? Submitting an exhibit for work related child care expenses?

Never sending child to day care while non custodial parent has to pay 50% of cost through child support?

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Dec 30, 2020

I gather your former spouse filed an application with the court claiming that she had a child care expense of XX per month and asked that in the child support guidelines analysis used by the court, that it include an obligation for you to pay your share of that child care cost and now you have... Read more »

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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 »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Dec 26, 2020

Unless you adopt the lady's other child, you would have no child support obligation to her for that child. From what you have expressed and the way you have expressed it, you need to retain an experienced NY matrimonial attorney and do not get married prior to having a signed pre-nuptial... Read more »

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