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January 2014 Archives

Child Support Payments in New Jersey: A General Overview

After parents separate or get divorced, states require that child support payments be made to allow a child to continue to enjoy a certain standard of living. The amount that must be paid is based on a number of factors, including the number of children, the percentage of time they spend with each parent, and each parent's gross income. In New Jersey, the amount is calculated according to the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. The general practice is that the child support payments are entrusted to the custodial parent and that parent must use those funds for the benefit of the child. The payments are supposed to be for the child's basic needs, such as food, clothing, housing, etc. However, an issue can arise when the custodial parent is not using the money in that way.

Proposed Changes in Alimony Payments in NJ: Two Competing Views

Going through a divorce is difficult for all involved and issues with alimony payments can create further bad blood in an already testy relationship. An alimony payment is money paid by an ex-spouse to the other as ordered by a court in a divorce case. Currently in New Jersey there are two competing legislative proposals to change the alimony laws.