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About Stutzke Law LLC.

Stutzke Law is a boutique family, employment, estate planning, and commercial litigation practice with dual offices located in Parlin and Freehold, New Jersey.

Here at Stutzke Law, your problems become our problems. It’s not about us - it’s about you. We understand that losing a business, a job or a marriage is quite possibly one of the most devastating and demanding times in a person's life. To that end, we strive to be sensitive to the financial and emotional needs of each and every one of our clients.

We more than prepared to see you through these tough times as not only a counselor but as a close friend and an equal. We are very protective of our clients' rights, and work hard to achieve optimal settlement packages for them. But when necessary, we litigate aggressively to protect our clients' interests.

Contact our office today to arrange a free consultation. (732) 952-2903 – Stutzke Law, LLC has Greek and Spanish translators on site. Please let us know if you require translation services for your free initial consultation!

Emancipation & the New Child Support Statute in NJ

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New Jersey recently passed a new child support statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67-75, that will become effective on February 1, 2017.  The statute sets new rules concerning the emancipation of minors.  As of February 1, 2017, child support shall automatically terminate upon a child’s marriage, entry into military service, death, or attainment of the age of 19.  However, child support may be extended to continue after the child turning the age of 19 if the parties have an agreement that child support will continue past the child turning the age of 19, the child has been placed out of the home via the DCPP, or the custodial parent timely files a request with the Court for continuation of support.  Notably, “timely” for purposes of the new law, means prior to the child’s 19th birthday.

Requests for a continuation of support under the third circumstance consist of the child’s continued enrollment in high school, the child’s attendance at a college or other post-secondary educational institution on a full-time basis, or a state or federal agency has determined that the child has a disability, the onset of which predated the child’s 19th birthday, or other exceptional circumstances.

In no circumstance, however, shall child support be payable after the child turning the age of 23.  Some form of financial maintenance may continue, however,  in the case of a disabled child that has reached 23 years of age.

For cases where support is payable through the County Probation Department, the parents will be provided with a Notice of Proposed Termination of Child Support at least 90 days in advance of the child’s 19th birthday, with instructions for a parent to request a continuation of support.  For cases where child support is not payable through Probation, parents are urged to consult with counsel in advance of the child’s 19th birthday.

The Stutzke Law philosophy is that trust is the bedrock of all successful attorney-client relationships. At The offices of Stutzke Law your problems become our problems. We understand that losing a business, job or a marriage is quite possibly one of the most devastating and demanding times in a person's life. To that end, we strive to be sensitive to the financial and emotional needs of each and every one of our clients. We are more than prepared to see you through these tough times as not only a counselor but as a close friend. Working from a framework of mutual trust, communication, and cooperation, it is our prerogative to handle your case in a responsive, thorough and dedicated manner from start to finish.
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