How can I enforce a child support order when my child's other parent moves out of New Jersey?

Sam Stoia - Monday, August 17, 2015
Child Support Enforcement for Nonresidents The court entered a child support ( order directing that your former spouse pay a weekly amount. At the time, your child’s other parent also lived in New Jersey. They have since relocated to another state. Sadly, they have stopped paying child support. You feel overwhelmed and uncertain. Is there child support enforcement for no ..

When Does Child Support End?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, July 30, 2015
When Children Become Emancipated At first glance, it might appear easy to discern when children become emancipated. After all, at eighteen, young people are granted the right to vote and serve our country. Learn how this standard applies in family court matters. What is Emancipation? Black’s Law Dictionary ( formally defines emancipation ( ..

Divorce's Impact On Your Obligation to Pay College Tuition

Sam Stoia - Monday, June 15, 2015
Are Your Children Owed College Tuition? It’s an important note, worthy of attention. The proverbial silver spoon ( is not the deciding factor in whether parents will afford their children a college education. Although a degree of familial wealth is certainly a consideration, there are additional concerns. Are your children owed college tuition? Int ..

Can a change in employment status result in a change in child support or alimony obligations?

Sam Stoia - Tuesday, January 27, 2015
In some circumstances, parties may apply to the court for a reduction in alimony or an adjustment of child support ( It is crucial to make a good case in support of the application. Otherwise, the outcome could be different from the expected result. Take the matter that is the basis of the unpublished court opinion of Bechtold v. Clauss ( ..

Does it matter who first files in a New Jersey Divorce proceeding?

Sam Stoia - Thursday, January 02, 2014
The benefit of being the first to file for divorce is that it means you are ahead of the game in having prepared your case. Integral to every divorce case are the economic issues. Of course if the parties have children, custody and child support issues are also integral. With regard to the economic issues, it's beneficial to have organized your financial statements and documents, including copies of mortgage statements, de ..

When does my child support obligation end?

Sam Stoia - Monday, December 16, 2013
Child support ends typically when your child reaches the age of 18. However, if your child goes to school full time after high school, then your child may not be emancipated until they finish their studies. Of course this does not mean that your child goes to school forever and remain dependent upon you. Typically, there is a cap of 23 years old, assuming your child has been attending school full time. So you're typ ..

The Child Support Matrix

Sam Stoia - Monday, December 09, 2013
Child support is the right of the child, not the right of the parent. Parents may not negotiate a reduction in child support in exchange for more or less alimony, assets or any other form of consideration. A parent's child support obligation is determined by an established formula referred to as the Child Support Guidelines. Components included in the formula are the income of the parents, the number of children, the amoun ..