Gloucester County is one of several counties in Southern New Jersey. The county has a population of over 290,000 residents, and it borders Pennsylvania and has a short travel distance to Delaware as well. Overseeing all matters of law within the county is the Gloucester County Superior Court. Family Law is handled within the court's Family Division. This division oversees everything from custody to divorce, including matters of child support and alimony.
Child Support In Gloucester County
In Gloucester County, child support must be filed with the court in order to begin proceedings. Child support can be filed in one of two ways. Gloucester County makes two worksheets available: a sole parenting worksheet and a shared parenting worksheet. The difference between the two depends on what custody arrangement is already in place. Parents can file for child support with or without having undergone divorce proceedings, as New Jersey law grants the child the right to be supported by both parents. When the court makes a determination on child support, the judge will do so according to the net income of both parents. Depending on whether a parent has sole or shared custody, they may receive higher or lower amounts. A sole parent who has the child for a majority of the time is normally expected to have more expenses than they would if they had shared custody, therefore they may receive higher amounts. Child support agreements are typically drafted with a potential end date, though if they are not, the supporting parent may wish to request a modification or termination when the child turns 18.
Alimony In Gloucester County
Alimony is support paid to a spouse upon divorce. Gloucester county has several different forms of alimony that can be applied situationally. The first of which is alimony pendente lite, or temporary alimony. This is an arrangement where one spouse supports the other while undergoing divorce proceedings and normally expires after. Some spouses may receive the common "limited duration" alimony, which is support after a divorce that continues until the former spouse can support themselves alone. Rehabilitative alimony may be granted if a former spouse requires rehabilitative treatment for substance abuse. Reimbursement alimony can be granted to spouses who have helped their spouse through education, yet due to divorce were not able to receive any benefits from their spouse's career path. Finally, the court may rarely grant permanent alimony to spouses who were in a marriage for a considerable amount of time and had sacrificed potential education and career paths in order to preserve the marriage. When considering alimony a judge will weigh a number of factors, including: age of the spouses, income and employability of the spouses, any "faults" in a "fault "divorce case, the standard of living during the marriage, and many other factors.
Contact a New Jersey Family Law Attorney Today
If you or a loved one is engaged in a support case in Gloucester county, contact attorney Joseph D. Lento today.