When a couple gets divorced, one party may be entitled to receive support from the other. These payments are referred to interchangeably as either alimony or spousal support. Alimony is not awarded in every divorce case. Whether you are seeking alimony or may be required to pay, make sure to seek help from an experienced attorney who can protect your rights.
At the Morris Plains, New Jersey of Attorney Marc P. Feldman, I represent parties on either side of the spousal support issue. Alimony lawyer Marc P. Feldman has more than 25 years of experience in Family Law. I handle initial determinations of alimony as well as issues of modification and enforcement of existing court-ordered payments.
How Is Alimony/Spousal Maintenance Calculated in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, there is no specific formula for spousal support, so determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. Parsippany area lawyer Marc P. Feldman works with his divorce clients to make sure their circumstances are clearly understood by all concerned, including the judge, so an appropriate payment amount can be calculated.
When deciding whether to award spousal support, and if so, how much, a court considers a variety of statutory factors. Some of these include:
- Cause of the breakdown of the marriage
- Age, health and station of the properties
- Occupation, vocational skills and employability of the parties
- Length of marriage
- Amount and sources of income
- Standard of living
- Debts of each party
In New Jersey, there are guidelines used to calculate child support; however, there are often complicating factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to determine the appropriate amount of child support to be paid. Some issues that may complicate child support calculations are when a party is self-employed; not reporting all of his or her income; or underemployed. Other complicated calculations are necessary when dealing with large bonuses, or when a parent earns more than the guidelines amount. The process of establishing the proper amount of child support in these situations requires experience and knowledge of the child support guidelines and applicable laws.
With his experience in family law, Attorney Marc P. Feldman, can calculate and analyze the child support guidelines as they apply to your family. He can also advise you about exceptions to the guideline amounts and whether a deviation may be appropriate to your situation.
Whether you are going through a New Jersey divorce or were never married, my firm will work to minimize the impact your breakup has on your children. To make an appointment with lawyer Marc P. Feldman, call 973-267-7555 or send an email. My office is located in Morris Plains, which is conveniently located for residents throughout Parsippany, Morris County and Northern, New Jersey.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend and evening appointments are available, upon request. We accept credit cards.