When it comes to child support, people often have a lot of questions. Read on to learn more about some of the most frequently asked questions regarding child support in New Jersey.
How Does the Court Determine the Amount of Child Support Payments?
Child support is incredibly important to the well-being of a child. As a result, it is carefully calculated. In order to make a decision regarding child support, the court will carefully examine a number of different factors. The court may consider:
- The financial status of each parent
- Who has physical custody of the child
- Any income, debt, and assets of each parent
- Each parent’s earning capacity
- Each parent’s work history
- The child’s needs
- The child’s age/health
- The child’s education
- The cost of providing for the child
When Does the Responsibility to Provide Child Support End?
Child support payments cannot end until stated by the court. In New Jersey, the age of emancipation is 19. This means that child support payments can generally end when your child turns 19. That being said, there are reasons to terminate child support early or extend it longer. For example, if your child intends to pursue higher education, child support may be extended.
Can the Amount For Child Support Payments be Altered Over Time?
Because child support is carefully calculated, it can be difficult to modify. That being said, child support can be altered. To alter child support, you will have to prove to the court that a major and unexpected change has occurred in your life. Some examples include:
- An increase or decrease in income
- A change in federal income tax law
- Loss of job, or, on the flip side, a promotion
- A spouse remarries
- A spouse loses their home
- The supporting parent has suffered a significant medical injury or condition
What if my Child’s Parent is Not Providing the Child Support that he or she is Required to by Law?
When a court passes judgment on a divorce, the order is binding. Both parties have a legal obligation to follow the directions of the court or face consequences. When one party ignores the court’s decision, legal action can be taken to request the court’s intervention. If your child’s parent is not paying child support, you should contact a family law attorney, as child support is legally enforceable.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child support arrangement, contact our firm today.
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