How is child support calculated in New Jersey?
When a couple has a child together and then gets divorced one parent will be deemed the custodial parent and one will be the non-custodial parent. The non-custodial parent spends less than 50-percent of the time with the child. This parent will also be required to make child support payments to the custodial parent in order to assist them financially with raising the child. Child support agreements are also put in place with people who were never married but have a child together.
In New Jersey, child support is determined based upon the income of both parents. They also consider the amount that two parents with similar combined incomes who are still married would typically spend on their child. In addition, the court uses the New Jersey Child Support guidelines to determine the exact amount of child support. The court may also take into consideration whether the child has special needs, the earning potential of each parent, the debts of each parent, the age and health of the child, among other factors.
If you have questions about what you can expect from your child support structure in New Jersey, you should contact an experienced family law attorney who can provide you with assistance and give you a better idea of what your child support obligations may be.
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