Category Archives: Child Support

Jeralyn Lawrence on NJ State Bar Panel

As part of the New Jersey State Bar Association Institute of Legal Education’s 2020 Summer CLEfest Webcast Series, Jeralyn Lawrence was among a panel of distinguished speakers and judges on August 13, 2020 that were speaking today on two key issues in Family Law in New Jersey today titled “Calculating the Marital Lifestyle: The Domino…

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Jeralyn Lawrence to Discuss Child Support Guidelines

Jeralyn Lawrence, founder and Managing Partner of Lawrence Law, will present Deviations from the Child Support Guidelines at NJICLE’s Family Law Summer Institute. The Family Law Summer Institute, presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, is a 2-day live webcast program on July 21 and 22 from 9 a.m….

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What is Emancipation in New Jersey?

As a general matter, New Jersey parents must pay child support until the emancipation of a child. Emancipation is a term that describes the occurrence of an event wherein a child has moved beyond the “sphere of influence” of his or her parents. In other words, emancipation is the act by which a parent relinquishes…

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Private School Costs in New Jersey Divorces

In a New Jersey case where the parties’ agreement calls for them to “equally divide…school costs,” and one party does not contribute to the costs for years, even though not explicitly asked to do so, a court can enforce the agreement and compel contribution. In the unpublished Appellate Division case of Fanelli v. Hnatowski, the…

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Do NJ Child Support Guidelines automatically allow for an increase when my kid reaches a certain age?

Simply put, the answer is no. In New Jersey, there are no automatic increases in child support under the NJ Child Support Guidelines. The Case In a recent case, Dunigan v. Wilson, the New Jersey Appellate Division rejected the trial court’s decision to increase child support by 14.6%* because one of the children reached the…

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Extreme Higher Earning Parent – No Increase in Support

  In a recent New Jersey appellate division case of Ianniello v. Pizzo, the appellate division upheld the trial court’s denial of the custodial parent’s request to increase child support.  The non-custodial parent was paying $10,000 per month.  The custodial parent sought a $65,000 per month increase for a monthly payment of $75,000 in child…

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