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Establishing your paternity

If you and your child's mother are married and you are at the hospital when your baby is born, you are automatically recognized as your child's father under New Jersey law. If, however, you and your child's mother are not married and the two of you do not sign a Certificate of Parentage at the time of birth, you will have to take some extra steps to be legally acknowledged as the father of your son or daughter. 

Child support guidelines in New Jersey

If you are one of the many parents in New Jersey who may be getting divorced, you might need to pay or receive child support. You may also be facing this issue if you were never married to your child's other parent. As explained by the New Jersey Courts, the state operates its program for allotting child support on the philosophy referred to as income shares approach.

Enforcement actions for unpaid child support

People who have been ordered by a court to make child support payments in New Jersey may want to learn about the various ways that the state might enforce such an order. It is also important for them to know that the state has the power to also enforce the requirement to provide health insurance coverage for a child as explained by the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

Child support COLA

To most in Hackensack, the word "cola" is associated with a refreshing drink. Yet bring it up with some of the clients that our team here at Melinda L Singer, Esquire has worked with, and they may shudder. That typically has less to do with their beverage preferences than it does the circumstances of their divorce agreements. If you are just beginning to fulfill the terms of such an agreement (specifically in regards to a child custody obligation), then you may soon understand their feelings. 

How can I co-parent through the holiday craze?

The holiday season that starts in the month of November and lasts until the beginning of the following year can be some of the most looked-forward to but also some of the most stressful times for residents in New Jersey. If you are the parent of a minor child and you have recently gotten divorced from your child's other parent, you may be expecting this coming holiday season to be one of the hardest for you and for your child.

Failure to pay child support: parents' rights

For many individuals who go through a divorce, final paperwork can be a symbol of freedom and long awaited relief. Yet for those divorcing with children, matters can inevitably become more complicated, and issues can pursue long after legal procedures have ended. In New Jersey, the law protects children in divorces, including protection that enforces child support payments.

The ins and outs of child support

Child care is perhaps the most stressful aspect of the divorce process in New Jersey. Insurance, medical needs, college expenses, and general disputes are only a few of the issues parents come across when separating. Child support procedures vary by state, and each state typically selects from a number of models to best handle the particulars of child support. 

What factors are considered when calculating child support?

Child support is a critical resource for families all across New Jersey. This financial obligation assures that both parents are contributing to the well-being of a child, even if that contribution is only financial. Whether one parent has sole custody of a child or parents share custody, child support is almost certainly going to be ordered.

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