East Brunswick, New Jersey – Child Support/Post-Judgment Enforcement Attorney
While divorce is never easy for anyone to cope with, children may have the hardest time dealing with its negative effects. One of the ways to shield children from these potentially harmful consequences is to ensure they are cared for through adequate forms of child support. At the family law firm of Tournour Law in East Brunswick, New Jersey, we are committed to protecting the needs of our clients’ children by providing exceptional legal representation. Our child support attorney has successfully represented hundreds of individuals in child support disputes and will aggressively defend your children’s best interests.
We have provided the information below to help you learn about child support issues and the related matter of post-judgment enforcement. If you live in or around East Brunswick, New Jersey, and have been looking for a trusted child support or post-judgment enforcement attorney, please contact our office today. Through extensive experience, Frank Tournour and his team can protect the welfare of those whom you love most.
About Child Support
Child support refers to financial assistance a person provides to their former spouse for the support of their children. Couples who are separated but not divorced may also arrange to have a system of child support. In most cases, the parent who retains child custody is entitled to receive assistance from the other parent. Child support agreements are not limited to monetary compensation. They may also include provisions such as health care coverage and tuition fees for the children.
In the state of New Jersey, child support is paid until the dependent children become emancipated or self-supportive. The actual point in time when a child becomes self-supportive, however, varies by case. For some children, this occurs at the age of 18. For others, it occurs after graduation from college. For still others, it occurs at some point later in life. During the divorce process, parents can specify which events will constitute the emancipation of their children. If an agreement cannot be reached, however, a family court will need to be petitioned later on to determine whether a particular child has become emancipated.
Following a divorce, the amount of child support owed can be modified if the provider shows that they have experienced a significant, long-term decrease in income or that the opposite has occurred in relation to their spouse’s income.
During the negotiation phase of the divorce process, parents are allowed to establish the terms of their child support agreement. An attorney who is experienced in family law can help an individual parent ensure that their spouse divulges all necessary financial information at this time in order to assess a reasonable amount of child support. If you are going through a divorce and live in New Jersey, child support attorney Frank Tournour can provide you with the representation necessary to ensure that your children’s needs are thoroughly accounted for. Tournour Law has dealt extensively with New Jersey’s child support guidelines and will work through the details of your case in order to protect the interests of your children. We can represent your case in court or act as a mediator during child support mediation. Please contact our office today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.
How Child Support Is Determined
Child support is calculated based on a number of factors, including:
- The number of children involved in the divorce
- The income of each parent
- The amount of time the children spend with each parent
- Whether the children have any disabilities or special needs
- The living expenses of the custodial parent
- The children’s standard of living prior to the divorce
In New Jersey, child support is determined by inputting these and other factors into a set of worksheets entitled New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. As this process requires each parent to provide extensive financial information, it can be quite complicated and lengthy. It represents a generic approach to resolving child support disputes that cannot account for the unique circumstances of every family.
In handling matters of child support, attorneys use the worksheets only as a guideline to estimate the amount of child support necessary. They realize that each family’s situation is different and work to ensure that the individual needs of their clients’ children are fully taken care of. Child support mediation can be an effective process for resolving disputes about expenses not accounted for in the state calculator.
If you are involved in a child support dispute and want to be sure that your children receive the full amount of support to which they are entitled, please contact our office in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Experienced child support attorney Frank Tournour can protect your children’s interests to the fullest extent of the law.
Following a divorce, it is sometimes necessary to schedule a court proceeding to enforce the payment of child support. If your former spouse is behind in child support payments and you live in or around East Brunswick, New Jersey, please read on to learn about post-judgment enforcement issues and how our attorney can help you recover the money your family is owed.
Child Support Arrears/Post-Judgment Enforcement
A person who fails to pay the child support they owe is said to be “in arrears.” Family courts take matters of this sort very seriously and can address them through post-judgment enforcement hearings. During an enforcement hearing, the accused party is given an opportunity to explain why they should not be held in contempt for failing to pay child support. Most often, the person is ordered to pay the full amount of child support owed, either in a lump sum or installments; however, they can also be ordered to pay the legal expenses associated with the hearing or even be incarcerated. If you have been involved in a divorce and your former spouse is behind in child support, an enforcement hearing may be able to restore your family’s financial situation. Contact our office in East Brunswick, New Jersey, to speak with post-judgment enforcement attorney Frank Tournour today.
Contact Our Experienced Child Support Attorney
At Tournour Law in East Brunswick, New Jersey, we are dedicated to providing exceptional representation in all matters involving child support and post-judgment enforcement. We can ensure that your children’s needs are effectively represented throughout the divorce process and into their future. For more information or to schedule a personal consultation, please contact us today.