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Firm obtains ideal child support, custody decision in Burlington County

Posted by Richard DeMichele | Nov 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Burlington County Courthouse in Mt. Holly, NJ.

The Burlington County Courthouse in Mt. Holly, NJ. Helping New Jersey parents resolve difficult child support and child custody disputes is at the heart of what we do here at DeMichele & DeMichele. Recently, D&D attorney Matt Rooney was successful in representing a single mother of three children for whom the biological father, among other alleged shortcomings, neglected to provide any financial support. In addition to his refusal to pay support, the non-custodial parent also regularly defied the parties' parenting time agreements and, in so doing, jeopardized the best interests of the children. Our team got to work immediately upon being retained, crafting a legal strategy with our client and preparing the appropriate filings to put her in the best possible position to improve upon a bad situation. At the motion hearing before a Burlington County Superior Court judge, Matt was successful on every item of relief sought by our client including:

1) Obtaining a $250 per week non-guidelines child support award for the mother;

2) Securing over $2,000+ in attorney fees to be paid by the father to defray the mother's lawyer fees;

3) Achieving new, stricter parenting time schedule for the non-custodial parent which better serves the children's best interests; and

Prior to joining DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C. as an associate, Matt Rooney served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Nan S. Famular, J.S.C. of the New Jersey Superior Court, Family Part in Camden County, for the 2010-2011 term. Matt recently taught a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) class for other attorneys on the ins-and-out of New Jersey child support litigation. In New Jersey,  the amount of money the non-custodial parent pays in child support is determined by a complicated formula known as the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines.  New Jersey Court Rule 5:6A requires the guidelines be used in determining child support.  The child support guidelines give the court a presumption of support to be paid on behalf of a child or children.  In most cases, the NJ child support guidelines are used to determine support, however, in some cases where good cause is demonstrated, a support amount other than the NJ child support guideline amount can be used. This is known as “off guideline” or “non-guideline” support. 

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Navigating difficult family legal disputes is our passion! We're here to walk you through the process and achieve a best-case outcome given the facts of your case. If you have any questions regarding the determination of income for child support, custody, parenting time, or family court matters in New Jersey, please contact us online today or call  (856) 546-1350 for a confidential consultation with one of our skilled New Jersey family court lawyers.

PLEASE NOTE: the outcome of every family court case is fact specific. Your particular case results will vary depending on a wide range of legal and issues and factors. The facts of your case may not apply to or relate to the results of the case described above.

About the Author

Richard DeMichele

Richard A. DeMichele, Jr. is a seasoned litigator, devoting a substantial part of his practice to family law and personal injury matters.


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