Navigating Child Support Issues In New Jersey
On February 1, 2017, the child support laws changed slightly. The presumed age for child support to end moved to 19 years. Once a child turns 19 and becomes financially independent, a parent must file papers asking the court to deem their child emancipated, terminating the support structure.
Child support can last through college and beyond in some cases. New Jersey courts have the authority to order parents to follow a child support structure largely determined by the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines.
It is in your best interests to have representation that can guide you through the state’s child support laws and protect your rights. Many variables can impact a child support structure. In all cases, New Jersey courts will act in the best interest of the child. To arrange a consultation regarding child support and other family law matters, call us in Red Bank at 732-582-5061 or contact us by email. We proudly represent clients throughout New Jersey.
Helping You Understand New Jersey Child Support Guidelines
In times of divorce, parents with children will have to address the issue of child support. By law, parents are responsible for supporting their children and the New Jersey child support guidelines were drafted to make a fair and just support structure based on many factors related to the family.
New Jersey courts will review factors related to the parents. These may include:
- The financial status of each parent
- Who the child lives with more of the time
- The income, debt, and assets of each parent
- Each party’s earning capacity
- Each party’s work history
New Jersey courts will take into consideration factors about the child, including:
- The child’s needs
- The child’s age and health
- The child’s education
- The cost of providing for the child, including daycare
It is important to note that parenting time has a huge impact on the child support structure. If the child lives with one parent more of the time, courts will adjust the support structure accordingly. If the child has special needs, the court will adjust the support structure according to the rise in cost to take care of his or her everyday needs. With consideration for all of these factors, New Jersey courts will always act in the best interests of the child.
New Jersey Shared Parenting Time Guidelines
In some cases, parents will agree to a share parenting structure. “Shared parenting” is when a child spends 2 or more nights per week or over 104 nights per year with the non-custodial parent. This custody arrangement takes a lot of cooperation to be successful. Parents will demonstrate to the court the structure of parenting time and responsibility of each party. If applicable, the court may use the Shared Parenting Guidelines to conclude the matter. The court may disagree with what you consider to be a shared parenting structure and having representation to advocate for your family’s wishes is in your best interests.
When Does Child Support End?
New Jersey does not have a fixed age for when child support ends. It could last through the child’s 19th birthday and beyond. Unless one parent relieves the other of child support through writing, both parents will have some degree of obligation. When parents believe that their child is financially independent, they must ask a court to declare their child “emancipated.”
Discuss Child Support Issues With An Experienced Lawyer
Our attorneys understand that establishing a child support structure is a complicated and emotional process for some. It is in your best interests to have diligent counsel with your best interests in mind. To reach our Red Bank law offices, call us at 732-582-5061 or reach us online.