Atlantic County is one of New Jersey's shore counties, within close proximity to both Pennsylvania and Delaware. The county itself has a population of over 275,000 residents, all served by the Atlantic County Superior Court. The court oversees all legal matters within the county, including Family Law issues. The court's Family Division handles all cases of custody, divorce, and all of their related proceedings, including child support and alimony. While child support and alimony are often cases related to divorce, child support can also be discussed outside of a divorce situation.
Child Support Cases In Atlantic County
When a family is engaged in child support proceedings in Atlantic County, there is a specific process that must be followed. First, the application for child support must be filed with the county. There are two ways to file a request for child support. This can be done with a Sole Parenting Worksheet, or a Shared Parenting Worksheet, depending on whether or not that parents have sole or shared custody. In Atlantic County, child support is largely determined by income. The court will examine the net income of both parents, including any special expenses related to the care of the child, such as important medical needs. Child support agreements are typically created with a termination date, however, if no date is set, the supporting parent may request termination at a later date. Child support can be requested so long as a child is involved, meaning, child support can be requested outside of a divorce, so long as custody is being determined or has already been assigned.
Alimony Cases In Atlantic County
Alimony is support paid to a spouse as a result of a divorce. In Atlantic County, alimony comes in one of several different forms that are all applied depending on a situation. One of the most common types of alimony is temporary alimony or alimony pendente lite (APL). This is a short-term form of alimony paid to spouses during divorce proceedings. Limited duration alimony is alimony assigned to spouses for a brief time after a divorce has been settled. It typically lasts until a spouse can support themselves. Rehabilitative alimony is assigned to spouses who need counseling or rehabilitative services for substance abuse. Reimbursement alimony is for spouses who helped their spouse through education, but the divorce occurred before the other spouse was able to obtain the benefits of their significant other's education. Finally, permanent alimony, which is rarely assigned, is given to spouses who have sacrificed educational and career opportunities for the sake of the marriage. Alimony will be granted largely based on spousal income, the length of marriage, and a number of other factors.
Contact a New Jersey Family Law Attorney Today
If you or a loved one is involved in matters of child support or alimony in Atlantic County, New Jersey, contact attorney Joseph D. Lento today.