Life changes, and if you are a divorced parent, as the years go by, you may find that the initial child support agreement you reached years ago is no longer appropriate for your current situation. For this very reason, child support modifications exist, and under certain circumstances, you may qualify. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Bergen County family law attorneys to learn more about child support, whether you qualify for a modification, and how we can help you receive one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do New Jersey courts determine child support?
Of course, your situation is entirely unique, which is why New Jersey courts will consider a number of different factors when it comes to calculating your child support agreement. However, their primary focus is the well-being of your child. Some facets of you and your child’s life that courts will consider are as follows:
- Your child’s age
- Your age and health
- Whether your child plans on participating in higher education
- Your child custody agreement
- The number of children you have living in your household
- Your former spouse’s age and health
- How much money you and your spouse bring in on a yearly basis
- Whether your child has special needs
How do I know if I can receive a child support modification?
There are various circumstances that may warrant a modification to your child support agreement, including the following:
- Losing a job, or, on the flip side, receiving a promotion
- Getting a new, higher-paying job
- Receiving a large inheritance
- Losing a home
- Developing a medical condition or being injured and requiring more money to pay for medical bills
What is the modification process like?
To start, your attorney will file a motion with the court wherein he or she will request a child support modification on your behalf. From here, you will have to prove that there has been a significant change in circumstances that will continue for the foreseeable future. As long as you can prove this, you should receive a modification. Our firm has helped countless individuals receive child support modifications over the years, and we are here to do the same for you. Give us a call today.
Contact our experienced Bergen County firm
At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.