New Jersey Child Support Attorney
Parents recognize their obligation to support their children financially, and they want to make sure that their children’s needs are adequately met even after a divorce. At the same time, it is important for parents to know that they are being treated fairly in the divorce process and are not being required to pay more than their fair share of support. With more than 20 years of experience in the practice of divorce and family law, attorney John B. D’Alessandro is committed to providing compassionate counsel and effective representation to help ensure a fair resolution of any child support dispute.
New Jersey Law on Child Support
New Jersey law recognizes that both parents are legally responsible to provide financial support for the children. In determining child support, the courts utilize an income shares model that determines the combined household income and each spouse’s share in contributing to that income. The court also looks at a number of factors to determine the costs of raising children, including the costs of food, clothing, healthcare, transportation, entertainment and other expenses. If a child has any special needs, these costs are considered as well.
A number of different sources of income are included in the statutory formula for child support. Sometimes income can be hard to determine, such as business income for a business owner, or it may be self-reported by a self-employed parent. John B. D’Alessandro is an experienced New Jersey family law attorney who knows how to ensure compliance with income-reporting requirements so that a full and fair determination of child support can be made.
It is important to note that the formula for determining the amount of child support is only a guideline, and the family law judge has authority to deviate from the guideline amount when convinced a deviation is in the best interests of the child. If you are seeking or opposing a deviation from the guideline amount, you will want an attorney who can prepare and present a persuasive case that justifies your position to the judge.
Experienced Union Family Law Attorney for Your New Jersey Child Support Matter
For advice and representation regarding child support and all New Jersey divorce matters, contact the Law Offices of John B. D’Alessandro in Union. From temporary orders for support while the divorce is pending to post-divorce requests for modification or enforcement of child support orders, we are here to look out for you and protect your interests.