Yes, provided it is not less than New Jersey Child Support Guidelines allows for under the law. In other words, the lawyers at our East Brunswick, New Jersey law firm understand that while the parents of a child may agree to pay more than New Jersey child support laws call for, but never less as this would unfair to the child to a judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey. It is also important to note that your attorney should be sure to explain all aspects of child support before making a decision to consent to child support, in order to end=sure neither your child (or you) is paying more or less than appropriate.
The lawyers at our East Brunswick, New Jersey law firm have a keen understanding of New Jersey’s Child Support Guidelines. Moreover, it is often that our attorneys’ handle divorce or child support matters wherein the spouses, either one of both of them combined, earn an income that is higher than the Child Support Guidelines maximum limit. Interestingly, Michael Strahan’s divorce led to one of the most important child support decisions in the history of New Jersey family law. This lawyer breaks down a recent child support case that explains how a judge of a New Jersey Family Court explains how high-income child support cases.
Even since the Rachel Channing case, in which a child sued her parent’s for private school tuition and college, the attorneys at my office have been busy fielding questions from our divorce clients regarding why they are legally compelled to pay for college whereas married people are not. So as I considered my next topic for my next New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Blog, I felt it would be appropriate to discuss the case that established the limited exceptions (in this case, college related expenses) from the general rule that parents are not responsible for their children after they reach the “age of maturity.”
A difficult aspect of being a New Jersey Divorce Attorney is when children become affected by the demise of the family unit. Even worse is when one or both parents are unable to co-parent during or after their New Jersey divorce or “break up.” At worst, the parents cannot even agree on basic, day-to-day decisions regarding their children. The good news is that in recent years, New Jersey Family lawyers and judges have enjoyed great success by appointing Parenting Coordinator. Let’s explore.
As a practicing New Jersey divorce attorney, I deal with divorcing couples on a daily basis and the majority of those cases involve children. When a divorce case involves a child, it will inevitably also involve the issue of college and the allocation of responsibility for the costs associated with same. Unfortunately, some relationships between a parent and a child break down to the point where one party may not be in the loop as to the college selection process or the costs associated with the child attendance at a particular school. Often, this leads to a lawyer’s involvement, even when the divorce has been finalized years ago at a New Jersey Family Court. What is a parent’s obligation to contribute towards college in such a situation? Does the child have to take out loans, etc. to help subsidize these costs?
We have a motto at my New Jersey based law firm: Kids First. As the lawyers at my office only handle divorce and child custody matters, we embrace that titles and roles in divorced or non-intact families are often a breeding ground for conflict after a divorce is finalized or a couple breaks up. When one parent moves on and remarries, the other biological parent often feels uncomfortable with the child’s relationship with his/her stepparent. Even if the relationship between the step-parent and the child is a positive one, the biological parent may take issue with the same and conflicts often arise. Divorce and child custody attorneys understand that two common conflicts arise in a step-parent/ child relationship is the child calling the stepparent mom or dad in addition to the stepparent’s role in raising the child. His is certainly not only true in New Jersey, but nation wide as well.