As a divorced or separated parent, dealing with child custody and child support issues can be very frustrating. This is especially true if your former spouse or partner is not complying with the terms of your divorce or separation order. If you need to enforce your child custody or child support rights in New Jersey, what do you need to know? Here is an overview of your options from our New Jersey family law attorneys:
3 Options for Addressing Child Custody and Child Support Disputes After a Separation or Divorce
When it comes to enforcing your child custody or child support rights, determining the best path forward requires a careful assessment of the facts of your personal situation. How serious is the issue? How long has the issue been ongoing? Are you and your former spouse or partner on good terms? These are just a few examples of the numerous questions you may need to answer to arrive at an informed conclusion.
Generally speaking, your options for resolving child custody or child support issues with your former spouse or partner in New Jersey include:
1. Consult with a New Jersey Family Law Attorney
Before you do anything else, you should consult with a New Jersey family law attorney. When dealing with child custody or child support issues, you need to be careful to avoid mistakes that could make your situation worse—and that could potentially get you into trouble for violating the terms of your divorce or separation order. An experienced attorney will be able to provide advice and guidance focused on helping you achieve a favorable outcome as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
2. Schedule a Time to Speak with Your Former Spouse or Partner
Depending on the circumstances involved, your attorney may recommend that you schedule a time to speak with your former spouse or partner. If he or she is unknowingly violating the terms of your divorce or separation order, then discussing the issue opening may allow for an amicable resolution. However, before speaking with your spouse, you need to make sure you have an accurate understanding of your legal rights, and you will want to have a strategy in place to keep your discussions civil and on track.
3. Enforce Your Rights in Court, if Necessary
If necessary, your attorney can seek relief in court. New Jersey law establishes remedies for child custody and child support violations. If your former spouse or partner is violating the terms of your divorce or separation order, you are well within your rights to seek judicial enforcement. An experienced New Jersey family lawyer can help you decide if this is your best option, and, if it is, he or she can prepare the necessary court filings on your behalf.
Discuss Your Options with a New Jersey Family Lawyer at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A.
Are you dealing with a child custody or child support issue in New Jersey? If so, one of our attorneys will be happy to help you enforce your legal rights. For a free, no-obligation consultation, please 877-435-6371 or request an appointment online today.