Alimony / Child Support
If you are involved in a divorce proceeding, you may have concerns about child support and alimony. How will the court determine child support? What if your spouse is self-employed, earns commission-based income or is underemployed? How will you re-establish yourself? Will the court grant alimony? If so, how will the court determine the amount paid and the duration of those payments?
Faced with these questions, you want a lawyer who has worked extensively with men and women in divorce and family law matters for over two decades. Attorney Andrew Wolfenson will work with you directly to explain your rights and options, and will provide you with a realistic assessment of what to expect.
At the Union and Cedar Knolls law offices of Wolfenson & Ashkenazi, P.C., we have over 40 years combined experience handling divorce and family law matters for clients throughout north and central New Jersey. We understand that alimony/spousal support and child support issues can be confusing and highly emotional. We work closely with you to ensure that all factors are fully and properly considered in child support and alimony determinations.
Compassionate Guidance, Pragmatic Advice
At our law offices, we take great pride offering the high level of personal attention you’d expect from a small law firm, with the full range of services ordinarily found only at a large law office. In all matters, our goal is to find pragmatic solutions that best protect your interests and meet your objectives, while not forcing you to spend your hard-earned assets on unnecessary attorney fees. We work hard to build and maintain an ongoing relationship with you so that you will always feel at ease during what can be a difficult process.
In New Jersey, alimony, also known as spousal support, is not automatically granted in a divorce proceeding. Instead it is discretionary with the court, that will examine a variety of factors, including:
- Relative incomes of each spouse
- Earning capacity
- Length of the marriage
- Age of the parties
- Health of the parties
- Whether there is child support involved
Attorney Wolfenson will work closely with you to determine how you can best maintain your lifestyle and get you back on your feet after a divorce. We will identify for the court those alimony factors that either maximize your award or minimize the payments, depending on your specific circumstances.
How Is Child Support Decided?
When making child support determinations, the court will also consider various factors. Unlike alimony, however, the court will apply a formula to calculate the level of support. We will assess your situation and identify for the court those factors that should be considered, such as age of the child, relative incomes of the parties and potential earning power of each spouse. We will also identify other expenses that should be covered by a child support order, including health insurance, child care and educational costs.
For compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated legal counsel in matters involving alimony or child support, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. Our offices are open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.