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Data shows more mothers making child support payments

A recent survey was done by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and found that the number of mothers that are paying child support and alimony payments is increasing.

Nearly 56 percent of the top attorneys in the nation have stated that there has been an increase in the number of mothers that make child support and alimony payments.

There are many reasons why this could be happening, but one explanation may be the continually increasing professional success of women in their careers. In many cases, they are making more money than their spouse. This new trend is not only affecting payments, but also the amount of time that children are staying with their father.

If you or a loved one has recently been divorced, you need representation on your side that may be able to help you receive the child support or alimony payments that you deserve. Contact the Monmouth child support lawyers of the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., in order to have legal professionals determine alimony payments for you and your family.



No-fault divorces may be allowing for larger alimony payments

In 2010, the state of New York adopted the no-fault  divorce law in attempts to avoid assigning blame in divorce cases. Many were very excited with the passing of the new law, but one year later, a few concerning outcomes are starting to be seen.

One of them is the the law of temporary alimony and the strict guidelines that judges have to set this. The temporary alimony was meant to protect those who did not have as much money, but in some cases, it is completely shifting the financial situation of the couple.

“It really impacts the payer spouse in a way that sometimes is draconian,” said Sondra Miller, a retired judge who led a state commission between 2004 and 2006 to evaluate New York’s divorce laws and currently mediates divorces. “It’s not a well-thought-out piece of legislation.”

Those in favor of this law have admitted that there are some issues with is and are attempting to correct them. The formula used to assign alimony applies to those who make up to $524,000 a year and was meant to make sure that people who could not afford(mainly women) were still treated fairly in the courtroom.

If you or a loved one is considering divorce, you need representation on your side. Contact the Monmouth County divorce lawyers of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq, by calling (732) 898-2378 and speaking to a legal professional.



Changes proposed to alimony laws in New Jersey.

New laws in the New Jersey Assembly could possibly completely change the alimony laws in the state.

The first proposed law asked for an 11-member commission be created in order to review all of the laws and possibly reform them. Another bill that was cleared earlier this week states that the alimony and child support payments can be changed if a person who owes the money has a significant change in income such as unemployment or temporary disability.

Another proposed legislation asks to put an end to the lifetime alimony payments that are ordered by the court. The current New Jersey law states that no matter how long the marriage, lifetime alimony can be set and there are no set rules on payments changing with retirement or remarriage.

If you or a loved one has not been receiving the alimony that you deserve, contact the Monmouth County alimony lawyers of Andrew A. Bestafkas, Esq, by calling (732) 898-2378  today and discussing your legal options.