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Category Archives: Child Support

Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark Attorney Successfully Appeals Support Modification Ruling

Morris County NJ Post-Divorce Modification and Family Law Appeals AttorneysEarlier this week, the NJ Appellate Division ruled on an appeal filed by Attorney Gregory Pasler of Morristown’s Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark on behalf of his client Mr. Keller, of Somerset County, NJ.

Keller and his attorney had originally filed for a motion to reduce Keller’s alimony and child support payments on the basis of a loss of employment, and subsequent reduction in pay after securing a new job. And while Mr. Keller’s salary was reduced by almost 50%, from $582,000 a year working for Lucent to $250,000 a year working for Pfizer, the trial judge in this matter denied his petition for reduced support obligations, stating that there was no “permanent change in circumstances” as it was believed Mr. Keller would still be able to earn close to his original salary through bonuses and other forms of compensation.

Upon appeal however, Appellate Division Judges Karen Suter and Jane Grall both stated that the trial judge in this matter failed to consider all the 23 factors included in the 2014 Alimony Reform Act, and ultimately found that reconsideration for alimony payments and child support payments should both have been granted in the matter.

Keller’s attorney Gregory Pasler said this regarding his and his client’s successful appeal “The appellate court’s decision clearly confirms that … the trial court cannot summarily dismiss an obligor’s request for a modification of their support obligations should they experience a loss of income.”

To read more about this case and the successful decision our firm secured for Mr. Keller, you can view the complete law.com article here.

Contact Our Morris County Post-Divorce Modification and Family Law Appeals Attorneys Today

At The Law Office of Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients with all manner of post-divorce modification issues in towns across New Jersey and Morris County, including Chester, Chatham, Harding, Mendham, Morris Plains, Madison, and Morristown.

Whether circumstances have changed for you or your family, and you are seeking an alimony modification, child support modification, or child custody modification, or are facing a request to modify any of those same agreements, our firm is prepared to provide you with the attentive, knowledgeable, and highly effective legal counsel that you need and deserve in matters so important to you and your family’s future.

To speak with our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your divorce, a post-divorce modification, or any kind of family law appeal, please contact us online, or through our Morristown, NJ office at (973) 828-0829.

Cohabitation; Post-Divorce Modifications and Agreements

Increasingly, adults are choosing to enter into “marital-style” relationships while remaining legally unmarried. This kind of relationship is referred to legally as “cohabitation”, and cohabitation can have a number of implications to existing divorce agreements such as alimony and child support. These implications come in the form of post-divorce modifications, specifically in the way that… Continue Reading

Divorce: Changing Your Perspective and Improving Your Life

While the word “divorce” certainly carries a somewhat negative connotation in our society, the fact of the matter is that a divorce is often an extremely healthy thing for a person involved in an unhappy or angry relationship to pursue. Certainly, some divorces will be “easier” than others depending on the method used (alternative dispute… Continue Reading

Child Support and Planning for College Expenses

According to the recently passed New Jersey law S-1046/A-2721, effective February 2017, all New Jersey child support agreements will automatically terminate when the child reaches the age of 19, unless the parents specify otherwise in their Morris County child support agreement. As this is the age that many children will begin attending university, accounting for the… Continue Reading

Ensuring Full and Accurate Financial Information during Divorce

During any divorce, it is critical that your Morris County divorce attorney has a complete and accurate picture of your marital finances so that they can help you to fairly decide issues such as child support, alimony, and most importantly, division of marital assets and debt. When both spouses participated in the management of family… Continue Reading

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

Raising 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… Continue Reading

Paying Child Support Directly to the Child

Child support is a critical component of any Morris County divorce settlement involving children. Child support is designed by law to protect the child’s best interests, but is usually paid directly to the custodial parent. Many of our Morris County child support clients ask us if it is possible to pay child support directly to… Continue Reading

Social Security Disability and Child Support

A disability can result in great financial difficulty. This is particularly true for a parent who is financially responsible for a child or children. In the case that a parent is receiving social security disability benefits, it can affect their child support agreement in several ways. In this article, we will take a look how social security… 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

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