To learn all there is to know about the child support process, continue reading. For assistance with your child support matters, do not hesitate to contact our Union County child support attorneys. Here are some questions you may have about child support payments in New Jersey:
How do New Jersey courts determine the amount of child support payments?
New Jersey courts will consider the following factors when determining the amount of child support payments that will be awarded:
- The child’s needs
- The child’s age/health
- The child’s education
- Which parent has physical custody of the child
- Any income, debt, and assets of each parent
- The financial status of each parent
- Each parent’s work history
- Each parent’s earning capacity
- The cost of providing for the child
When does the responsibility to provide child support end?
Child support payments will only end when stated by the court. The age of emancipation in New Jersey is 19. This means that child support payments will generally end when the child turns 19. However, there are further reasons to terminate child support early. There are also reasons to extend child support. For example, if your child intends to pursue high education or if your child has special needs, child support may be extended.
Can child support payment amounts be altered over time?
Child support modification can be a complex process. You will be required to prove to the court that a major and unexpected change in your has life has occurred. Some examples of such a change include the following:
- A spouse remarries
- An increase or decrease in income
- A spouse loses their home
- A change in federal income tax law
- Loss of job, or, on the flip side, a promotion
- The supporting parent has suffered a significant medical injury or condition
What can I do if my child’s parent is not providing the required child support?
Both parties have a legal obligation to follow the direction of the court when a court passes judgment on a divorce. When either party fails to follow the directions of the court, they will face consequences. Legal action can be taken to request the court’s invention when one party ignores the court’s decision. If your child’s parent is not paying child support, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced Mountainside family attoreny.
If you have any questions regarding your child support arrangement, do not hesitate to contact our firm today. We are here to help.
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