Case shows how legal emancipation affects child support obligations

When it comes to child support, most people believe that a parent’s obligations end when the child reaches the age of 18, as they are then viewed as adults in the eyes of the law. The reality, however, is somewhat different. Indeed, the law here in New Jersey dictates that in the absence of legal … Continue reading “Case shows how legal emancipation affects child support obligations”

A closer look at child support payment obligations — II

In a previous post, our blog discussed how incredibly important it is for parents here in New Jersey to have a comprehensive understanding of the state’s child support system, including their rights and responsibilities, and the intricacies of the system itself. We also made clear, however, that this need for knowledge included not just parents … Continue reading “A closer look at child support payment obligations — II”

Will lawmakers change the way courts handle college funding decisions?

Without a doubt, one of the most closely followed and controversial family law cases here in New Jersey over the last year has been the one involving divorced parents who were ordered by a judge to pay for their daughter’s college tuition. To recap, the parents divorced when the now 21-year-old daughter was only a … Continue reading “Will lawmakers change the way courts handle college funding decisions?”

A closer look at child support payment obligations

As important as it is for parents to understand what the law says about their rights and responsibilities concerning child support, it’s equally important for them to understand how the child support payment system actually works. In other words, it’s important for both the payee — the parent receiving the payments — and the payor … Continue reading “A closer look at child support payment obligations”

What does the law in New Jersey say about paternity? – II

Previously, our blog started exploring the issue of how paternity is established here in New Jersey. Specifically, we discussed what paternity is, why it’s so important and what happens if paternity is not contested. In today’s post, the second in a series, we’ll continue to look at some basic background information about establishing both paternity … Continue reading “What does the law in New Jersey say about paternity? – II”

What do New Jersey judges consider while deciding child support?

Though no two cases are exactly alike, family law courts do not simply throw a dart at a dartboard when determining where to set child support. New Jersey has Child Support Guidelines that provide a framework within which the court operates when deciding how much money the children should receive from the noncustodial parent. The … Continue reading “What do New Jersey judges consider while deciding child support?”

How a nonprofit is taking its legal services to the streets

Thanks to the efforts of its founder, a New Jersey-based nonprofit is literally going the extra mile to help its clients. That’s because Project Child Support, which provides both custodial and noncustodial parents with child support services, rolled out its new mobile assistance center just a few weeks ago. Here, the mobile assistance center is … Continue reading “How a nonprofit is taking its legal services to the streets”

What Does The Law In New Jersey Say About Paternity?

It is important to understand that while most births proceed exactly as planned with both parents present at the hospital, there are also many instances in which the issue of parentage is perhaps not so clear cut at the time of birth. In these scenarios, the legal concept of paternity comes into play, as establishing … Continue reading “What Does The Law In New Jersey Say About Paternity?”

Officials Begin Tallying Numbers From Child Support Amnesty Week

A few weeks ago, our blog discussed how officials here in New Jersey had elected to hold child support amnesty week from April 28 – May 3 as part of the “Do the Right Thing for Your Kids” program. Here, the impetus for the initiative was the rather grim picture painted by the state Department … Continue reading “Officials Begin Tallying Numbers From Child Support Amnesty Week”

New Jersey Officials Announce Child Support Amnesty Week

Back in 2004, the state of New Jersey held “Child Support Amnesty Week,” a program designed to provide delinquent parents with warrants issued for their arrest with the opportunity to try to work out a repayment plan absent the threat of incarceration. The program ultimately proved to be a great success, collecting more than $1 … Continue reading “New Jersey Officials Announce Child Support Amnesty Week”