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Category Archives: Divorce

What Do I Do if I Can’t Pay My Child Support?

Morris County NJ Child Support Modification AttorneysRaising a child in today’s society is an expensive venture. From the time a child is born, until the time they graduate college, parents are financially responsible for all of their children’s needs including food, clothing, shelter, and education. When the parents of a child divorce, this can place an extra strain on the finances of both parents. While family courts do take into account each parent’s financial means when deciding child support obligations, that decision is based on the circumstances at the time of the divorce.

Often these circumstances can change, and the financial burden of child support may become too great for one parent. However, when child support obligations cannot be met due to changed circumstances, together with an experienced Morris County child support attorney, you can petition the courts to modify your child support agreement.

When Can I Modify my Morris County Child Support Agreement?

The most important part of a child support modification petition is convincing the court that the modification is necessary. This can be done by proving that certain circumstances have changed, both permanently and unexpectedly. Having an experienced Morris County child support modification attorney during this process can be extremely beneficial, as they will be familiar with not only what kind of information the courts expect presented, but how to present it in the most effective manner as well. Additionally, the circumstances in question can have changed for either the supporting parent, or the dependent parent.

Changed Circumstances for the Supporting Parent

Changed circumstances which can warrant a modification of a child support agreement for the supporting parent are:

  • Loss of employment or reduction in salary
  • A severe injury or illness
  • Requirement to pay mandatory fines or fees
  • Other child support or alimony obligations from another divorce

Changed Circumstances for the Dependent Parent

A Morris County child support modification may also be sought when circumstances have changed for the parent who is receiving child support, or the dependent parent. These changed circumstances can be:

  • The supported parent has remarried, or is cohabitating with another adult
  • The supported parent receives a raise or promotion, or gains employment
  • The supported parent obtains a large payout such as the lottery

Contact Our Morris County Child Support Modification Attorneys Today

At The Law Office of Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our family law attorneys have extensive experience helping clients across Mendham, Chester, Chatham, Mt. Olive, Morristown, and the greater Morris County area with child support issues and modifications of all kinds.

Whether you are the supporting parent in need of a child support modification, or the dependent parent facing a child support modification petition, our attorneys are prepared to provide you with effective, experienced, and attentive legal counsel in order to favorably resolve your case. By practicing exclusively family law, our attorneys are able to focus on the issues most important to you and your family.

To speak with our firm today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your unique child support needs and concerns, please contact us online, or through our Morristown office at 973-828-0829.

The Benefits of Having a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements often carry a somewhat negative connotation amongst newlyweds or couples soon to be married. Many of these people believe that by signing a prenuptial agreement, or even discussing one, you are saying you believe your marriage will eventually fail and result in a divorce. The truth of the matter however, is that prenuptial agreements… Continue Reading

How to Divorce an Abusive Spouse

Spousal abuse and domestic violence can take many forms, and can be difficult for the victim to extract themselves from the situation. People fear that filing for a divorce will only antagonize the abuser, and push them to committing further acts of abuse. However, New Jersey law provides many protections for victims of domestic violence… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Rules on Military Retirement Pay and Marital Property Division (Howell v Howell)

On May 15, 2017, the US Supreme Court decided on the case of Howell v Howell (no. 15-1031). This important ruling held that when an armed services veteran waives retirement pay in order to collect service-related disability payments, federal law prevents state courts from ordering the veteran to compensate their divorced spouse for that spouse’s loss… Continue Reading

What Your Divorce Attorney Needs to Know

Every divorce is different, and can often involve stressful and sometimes embarrassing private matters. When going through a divorce however, it is critical that your Chester divorce attorney is kept fully informed, no matter how difficult it may be to discuss your family’s private business. As hard as it may be to discuss certain things… Continue Reading

Why You Should Never Make “Side-Deals” for Divorce Property Settlement Agreements

One of the most important documents you will negotiate for, and sign, before your divorce can be granted is what is known as the property settlement agreement (PSA). The property settlement agreement will outline your financial and parental rights and obligations following the divorce, and decides key divorce issues such as child custody, child support,… Continue Reading

What Is An Annulment?

Many people are familiar with divorce, and many of the concepts related to it including child custody, child support, alimony, and division of assets. But one thing our Morris County family law clients frequently ask us about is annulment, what is it and how does it differ from a divorce? How Does Annulment Differ from… Continue Reading

Bad Divorce Advice Commonly Given to Women

Going through a divorce is usually difficult, both financially and emotionally. Issues such as child custody, child support, division of assets, and alimony can easily overwhelm you, and its common for people to turn to friends and family for advice in times like these. While many of your friends and family members may have gone… Continue Reading

Bad Divorce Advice Commonly Given to Men

Going through a divorce is difficult. Many men turn to friends and family for advice about issues like child custody, child support, division of assets, and alimony. While some of these friends and family may have gone through a divorce themselves, there are a number of common pieces of advice which are just plain wrong… Continue Reading

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