Raising a child is going to be expensive, no matter how your finances look.
Monetary strain can be exasperated after a
divorce. It is highly likely that monthly
child support obligations will be established, paid by the spouse that generally makes more income
to the other spouse that has also obtained primary
child custody rights.
However, when child support is established as part of a divorce, it is
based on the assumption that everyone’s finances will look the same
from that point, up until the child is an independent adult. Since no
one can predict the future, this is a pretty big assumption. Many people
paying child support will eventually run into financial straits and struggle
to meet those obligations. Can something be done to set things right after
Using Child Support Modifications in New Jersey
The family law courts of New Jersey allow for either spouse to petition
for child support modifications. The receiving spouse can petition for
more, or the paying spouse asks to pay less.
Modifications of child support that call for a reduction are historically difficult to get approved by
the court since it directly impacts the day-to-day wellbeing of the child,
and courts are required to put a child’s best interests first and
foremost. If you want to have a reduction approved, then you need to show,
without a doubt, that the reduction would be absolutely necessary and
that the current obligation is putting you through undue hardship.
Occurrences that may necessitate a reduction in child support obligations
- Unexpected job less, demotion, or pay cut
- Severe injury or illness
- Payment of mandatory fees and fines
Other child or
spousal support obligations
You may also be able to reduce how much child support you pay if the financial
situation of the receiver significantly improves. This could be achieved
through finding gainful employment, winning or obtaining a large prize
payout like the lottery, or remarrying a spouse with healthy funds.
Convincing the court that your modification is
necessary is the groundwork of your request. Prepare and bolster your argument by
collecting plenty of documentation that shows you are being financially
crippled by the monthly obligations, and by teaming up with a trustworthy
attorney. At Moskowitz Law Group, LLC, you can find Bergen County family
lawyers backed by more than 50 years of total legal experience and an
impressive list of appreciative
client testimonials. Call
201.419.6223 to get a
no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.