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Going Outside the NJ Child Support Guidelines

Going Outside the NJ Child Support Guidelines

The New Jersey court, in Musico vs. Musico, recently held individuals choosing to pay more than what is required under the child support guidelines are held to a different standard. In the event the parties agree to pay more than required and a post-judgment change of circumstances occurs which would typically permit a modification of support, the standard child support guidelines will be applied. However, the court will then factor in the parties’ agreement regarding the payment of an additional amount as an additional equitable factor. In spite of substantial change in the parties’ post-divorce circumstances, the obligor may be required to continue paying an amount above that dictated by the child support guidelines. If you are involved in a family law matter, whether it pertains to child support, custody, divorce, alimony, equitable distribution, motion to enforce litigant’s rights or post-judgment matters you should always consult with an experienced matrimonial attorney. A lawyer experienced in family law will explain to you the likely outcome in your matter in the event it is decided by a judge so that you can make an informed decision as to whether any agreement the parties are considering is fair. For more information on divorce or civil union dissolution in NJ visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com.

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