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Child and Spousal Support Attorney in Moorestown, NJ

Child Support

In New Jersey, the court determines child support by "income shares," which means that the level of child support is based on the combined income of both parents. Other factors are considered by the Court as well. Earnings abilities of the parents, the parenting time and custodial arrangement between the parties. Such factors are the needs of the child, parents' income and assets, earning abilities of the parents, age and health of the child and each parent, and responsibilities of the parents for other court-ordered support.

It is always advantageous to work out child support agreements without going to court but when disputes cannot be settled between spouses, the court must rule in the best interests of all concerned. Often court-appointed set formulas are instituted. In the State of New Jersey we use the New Jersey State Child Support Guideline Sheets in most cases. However, the Guidelines can be mitigated by such factors as the special needs of a child or extraordinary financial circumstances of the parents. However, these can be mitigated by such factors as those mentioned above and child custody. Having an attorney whose focus is New Jersey family law is vital in these legal proceedings.

Spousal Support - Alimony

Spousal support is one of the key issues that must be resolved in a divorce or separation agreement. Spousal support is also commonly referred to as "maintenance" or "alimony." Each of these terms refers to a situation where one spouse makes monetary payments for a period of time to the other after a separation or divorce. Quite simply, the laws seek to help the dependent spouse, the one receiving money, maintain the standard of living to which they had become accustomed to during the marriage.
Whether you are concerned about receiving spousal support or worried about having to pay it, contacting Karen Amacker, a Moorestown divorce attorney is the best thing you can do to get the necessary information and understanding about this often complex subject. Attorney Karen Amacker represents clients in Moorestown, New Jersey, and throughout Bulington County and welcomes you to schedule an initial consultation.

Spousal Support in New Jersey

As of 1999, four types of alimony are available in New Jersey. They are:
  • Limited duration alimony, awarded when economic assistance is required for a limited time
  • Permanent alimony, awarded until the receiving spouse remarries, dies, or the paying spouse dies
  • Reimbursement alimony, awarded for a limited time to a spouse who supported the other through an advanced education
  • Rehabilitative alimony, awarded to a spouse who needs rehabilitative education or other steps so that he or she may support themselves independently

In calculating alimony or spousal support, New Jersey courts must consider very specific factors. Guidelines and standards exist for the courts, but there is no single formula that is used for all. Each case is decided on its own merits, considering the marital lifestyle that existed during the marriage, the supporting spouse's ability to pay, and the receiving spouse's ability for self-support.

It is important to have a competent divorce lawyer to represent your interests in regard to your spousal support arrangement. You will need to properly present your case to the court to ensure that your financial stability is provided for.
If you need professional legal help in resolving a child or spousal support or alimony matter, contact Karen Amacker today at 856-231-9456!