Change in NJ Child Support Laws

Change in NJ Child Support Laws

Beginning on February 1, 2017, New Jersey’s child support guidelines will change in regards to exactly when a parent is no longer obligated to make child support payments. The change in this law is quickly approaching so it is important to be aware of how these updates may impact you if you make child support payments.

The law is known as the Termination of Child Support Obligation and simply moves the date for which a parent is required to pay the custodial parent. The law states that the termination date is either the child’s 19th birthday, or if they get married, pass away, or enter the military; whichever comes first. However, there are some exceptions that would allow a parent to continue making child support payments after the child turns 19.

This may be the case if you request that the support is continued until a certain date or if the child is a full-time student in high school, college, vocational school, or has a physical or mental disability that existed before the child’s 19th birthday. In this situation, the child support payments cease upon the child’s 23rd birthday. They cannot technically be extended beyond the child turns 23. However, nothing in the law states that a parent cannot financially support their child after that, but it just won’t be considered child support in the eyes of the court.

Any change in legislation may confusing for those who are affected by it. It may be beneficial to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can look at your situation and provide you with assistance. There are a lot of specifics regarding the date of birth that can quickly get confusing so speaking with an experienced attorney is your best bet.

The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC is a family and divorce law firm serving Monmouth County and all of New Jersey that would be happy to assist you in legal counsel. If you need quality legal services, contact the firm for a consultation