Representation in child support cases


Children are often the most affected party in the event of divorce. While it may be difficult for children to understand the complexities that led to their parents’ separation, it is the responsibility of their parents and legal counsel to ensure that their lives remain as unchanged, stable, and happy as possible.

One of the most contested issues in divorce proceedings that include children is child support. When you choose to divorce the parent of your child—or have been filed against—it is important to select representation with experience in this complex area of family law.

At DAME Legal, our experience lies in helping parents:

  • Understand child support guidelines
  • ‣ Negotiate child support through mediation
  • ‣ Litigate child support issues
  • ‣ Enforce child support issues
  • ‣ Modify child support orders

Understanding New Jersey and New York’s child support guidelines

Divorce cases involving child custody and child support in New Jersey and New York must work in accordance with the guidelines of the state. At DAME Legal, we will use our expert knowledge of the state’s guidelines to help you best understand your financial responsibility to your children and the amount of child support to which you may be entitled.

We begin this process with discovery. In any divorce case, a full and truthful inventory of the assets and finances between the separating couple must be compiled. After discovery, it is much easier to establish a divorce plan that includes suitable child support payments that accurately reflect your child’s real-life needs.

Child support payment is not always cut and dry. While some couples may agree on basic child support payments for the essential needs of the child, some cases are inherently more complex. In cases of private school tuition, summer camp, after-school activities, sports, and travel, some parents may be entitled to heftier child support payments that adequately factor in your child’s unique needs.

We will work within New Jersey and New York’s suggested guidelines to achieve a result that best allows your child to thrive under their changing circumstances.

Child support settlements through mediation

For spouses ending their marriages on amicable terms, mediation is often an expedited and streamlined process for favorable results. Most parents can easily agree that it is vital to place the child’s interest at the forefront of all divorce proceedings and mediation allows this process to be relatively easy.

Through mediation, our talented legal team will guide you through crafting a reasonable plan for child support between separating partners. Meditation allows for more predictable results because it allows divorcing parties to arrive at decisions among themselves rather than leaving such decisions up to a judge.

At DAME Legal, we work diligently to negotiate advantageously for our clients and any children involved.

Litigation of child support

When meditation is not a suitable forum for determining child support among divorcing couples, we will represent our clients through the process of achieving equitable results for their children. Litigation is inherently more contentious than the former avenue of mediation.

When you choose DAME Legal, you can place your utmost confidence in our team of attorneys to strategically prepare your case for presentation to the judge. We work diligently to ensure fair results for our clients and their children.

Enforcement and modification of child support

Throughout the arduous process of divorce and ensuring fair support payments for the children of divorce, it is important to follow through on set plans and agreements in the long-term. Whether financial circumstances change or your spouse has neglected their responsibility to maintain child support payment, our team will work to enforce your existing order or pursue an equitable modification.

If you live in the greater New Jersey area or the New York metropolitan area, our partners at DAME Legal can help you overcome this difficult part of your life with relative ease. Give us a call at 201-968-5800 or fill out our contact form on our site to begin the process.

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