Child Support in New Jersey
After a court comes to the decision of child custody, they must then decide the matter of child support. Child support is payments made by one parent to another in order to help care for a child even after divorce. In the state of New Jersey, both parents are required to financially support their children. While only one parent is granted custody, the other parent is still responsible for scheduled payments. The cost of childcare is too expensive for one parent to handle alone, so the non-custodial parent must pay their share of the child’s care. These payments cover all things related to the bettering of their child.
Factors to be Considered
The state created the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines to create a formula used for child support. The formula takes a number of things into consideration before coming to a decision. It pays attention to both the parents’ and child’s lives in order to come to conclusion about what the non-custodial parent must pay in child support. The guidelines acknowledge the following:
- 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 Child Support Stop?
A parent is only required to pay child support until the child reaches a certain age. This may vary depending on the child and the family’s situation. In most cases, the state of New Jersey dictates child support to end when a child turns 19 years old. These circumstances may change depending on whether or not a child wishes to seek a college education. College is expensive, which may require the non-custodial parent to continue their support payments. In this case, the court may extend their payments until the child completes and graduates from college. Some factors that may require a parent having to continue payments for college education are:
- The amount of money sought
- The capability of a parent to pay the costs
- The school and course of study
- The child’s commitment
- The child’s finances
- The accessibility of financial aid
- The child’s relationship with both parents
- The financial capacity of the parents
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