Archive for August 15th, 2008

New Jersey non-custodial fathers have to consider themselves happy to live in the Garden State. Unlike New York State, there are no regressive, flat stupid percentage child support payments from $10,000 to $80,000 in annual gross income irrespective of what the custodial parent earns. In the state of New jersey, child support has to be fair.  The combined income of both parents is taken into account to determine child support. If the non-custodial parent is on welfare, the custodial parent will bear alone the cost of raising a child. You have to read it to believe it; these New Jersey folks are really ahead of the learning curve.

What bugs me though in the paradise of non-custodial parents is the amount of McGreevey’s child support payment granted by Union County Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy to his ex-wife, Dina Matos. McGreevey will pay $1,075 a month in child support for his daughter Jacqueline. If I were to live in New Jersey, had custody of my two girls and were to receive $1,075 for each of them, I guarantee them gourmet food all month long and one iPod each. Schooling? everybody knows that public schools are pretty decent in New Jersey. Hence what does such a huge amount mean? Nothing but that if you are born the daughter of a governor, you ought to keep on with your standards of living. Judge Cassidy did not grant Matos ‘s claim of $2,500 a month in alimony for being deprived for a governor’s wife life. She granted it to Jacqueline.

That’s a pity. If children born with a silver spoon in their mouth are entitled to keep it when their parents divorce, child support becomes a legitimate bone to bargain for in Court, notwithstanding of what is needed to decently raise a child. McGreevey vs Matos was not the high point in New Jersey family court justice.

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