Wednesday, August 15, 2012
When Does a Child's Disability Extend or Bar Emancipation in NJ
In the event a child becomes disabled before emancipation, the extent of the disability will also be a factor in when emancipation of the disabled child occurs, if at all. If a disabled child is determined unable to support themselves by a court of law, child support will continue until such time as there is a change in the child's condition. At any time, if the spouse paying child support has legitimate cause to believe there is a change in the child's condition enabling the child to support themselves, the party is entitled to a hearing and discovery regarding the child's medical condition. Although a child may not be fully able to support themselves due to a disability, in the event they are able to partially support themselves, the payor spouse may still be entitled to a reduction in their child support obligation. This blog is for informational purposes only and in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney regarding your specific matter. If you are seeking an increase or decrease in child support, you should consult an experienced criminal law attorney immediately in order to protect your rights. For more information on child support modification, custody, divorce, civil union dissolution or other family law matters in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com.