Hi. Can someone point me to the relevant NJSA and case law precedents on modifying child support. Specifically, ex wants an increase in support because my son who is supposed to come 2 nights every other weekend no longer does, because he doesn't want to (he'll be 18 years old in June). I haven't moved or changed living arrangements because of this. Although I recently took him on vacation. Don't think this is really a material "change in circumstance" but hoping to read the law on this. Thanks.
You will not find the answer to your question in any statute or in any one case. There are multiple cases that discuss this. Basically, your wife would need to show a substantial change of circumstance and that is very fact sensitive. And is different depending on the view of any particular judge. You should immediately consult with an attorney.
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Child support is contingent on the amount of overnights being exercised. If your child support calculation gave you credit for a specific number of overnights and they are no longer being exercised, then a judge could find that to be a substantial change in circumstances warranting a recalculation of child support, to be based upon the actual amount of overnights being exercised. If your ex is talking about this, you are best served by retaining legal counsel to be either ready to oppose the motion she files, or file one of your own to enforce the parenting time schedule (although that may prove difficult with a child of that age).
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Unfortunately, there is no case that’s going to tell you about your situation. Every case depends upon whether something is changed since the last order. Whether overnights are being exercised or not will not be a change that will change a whole lot of the support.
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