A child support order in New Jersey is not permanent and can be modified with a showing of a significant change in circumstances, also known as a child support modification. As a family law attorney in New Jersey, I have successfully argued cases for increases and decreases in child support obligations for parents. The variety of circumstances that amount to “significant” are many but you still need to able to clear that hurdle for a child support hearing officer or family court Judge to consider modifying the court order. We can help you if you have a family law case including child support modifications.
Some examples of circumstances that may justify a child support modification in New Jersey are:
- Paying child support to another child (after the initial order)
- Having another child in your home that you are financially responsible for.
- A significant increase in salary or decrease in salary can lead to a child support modification.
- Change in daycare costs
- Change in medical coverage
- Change in overnight parenting schedule
- Change in residential custody
- Permanent Disability
- Emancipation of one child that you pay child support for in this child support case
- College Commencement
- Unemployment for more than 6 months with proof of job searches
- Increase in salary of the custodial parent
As indicated, the above are just some examples that may qualify for a child support modification in New Jersey Family Court. To be precise, I would have to look at your information, court orders to determine if it makes sense to seek an increase or decrease in child support. Some of the examples above have more of an effect on child support than others. For example, if you had only one overnight per month and now have 8 overnights per month, that will change your child support considerable with all things considered. If the custodial parent was paying $1500 a month in work related daycare and the child no longer needs daycare, that is a substantial savings for you that would warrant a child support decrease. On the other hand when you went to court you did not need daycare or health insurance but now do, that would make it wise to seek an increase in child support.
My team and I at the Artusa Law Firm of Jersey City handle a wide variety of cases in New Jersey with an emphasis on family law matters. To view all of the types of cases we handle, visit our main page: Artusa Law Firm of Jersey City. To view my bio, visit: Santo V. Artusa, Jr., Esq. Jersey City Lawyer. We work in every court in New Jersey and can help you understand family law and help you achieve the best results for your situation. Our experience is your benefit. If you have a child support case, whether it is a new case or a child support case that needs to be modified, contact my team in our Jersey City office on 201-706-7910 for a confidential consultation, we offer office hours including evenings and weekends by appointment.
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