Child Support and Custody

Child Support and Custody Issues

Experienced Divorce Lawyers in Union, New Jersey

In many divorces, issues relating to children cause the most conflict. Parents want what is best for their children, but one parent's definition of "best" may be very different from the other parent's definition.

Child support and child custody negotiations are an important part of any divorce involving children. If you are considering divorce and have concerns about child custody, visitation arrangements, or child support, it is wise to consult knowledgeable family law attorneys who can provide practical advice and protective legal counsel.

Schwartz Barkin & Mitchell is a well-established New Jersey law firm with an active family law practice. From our office in Union, we represent men and women throughout Northern New Jersey in divorce cases and related family law disputes. Contact our staff to schedule a private appointment with one of our divorce lawyers.

Child Custody and Visitation in New Jersey

Under New Jersey law, a judge will decide who gets custody of the child based on an analysis of the child's "best interests." In almost all situations, divorce court judges prefer joint custody arrangements, where parents equally share care of the child. That being said, divorce court judges will approve almost any negotiated child custody agreement, so long as the plan is in the child's best interests. At Schwartz, Barkin & Mitchell, your lawyer will work closely with you to develop a parenting plan that works best for your child and for you. We will then put our negotiating skills to work to get acceptance from your former spouse.

Child Support Calculations in New Jersey

In New Jersey, child support payments are calculated according to guidelines developed by the New Jersey legislature. The New Jersey child support calculator takes into consideration each parent's income and the amount of parenting time each parent has with the child, among other factors.

Disputes over child support often arise when one parent accuses the other of hiding income or intentionally remaining unemployed or underemployed in order to avoid paying child support. In such situations, the divorce lawyers at Schwartz, Barkin & Mitchell have significant skill with forensic accounting. We know how to track down income and assets in order to ensure fair child support payment arrangements.

If you are worried about the effect of divorce on your children, get answers to your questions as soon as possible. Not only will early legal advice increase your peace of mind as you begin the difficult process of marriage dissolution, it will also help you position yourself to best protect your children during and after the divorce process.

To make an appointment with an attorney at Schwartz, Barkin & Mitchell, call 908-688-1644 or use our online contact form.