How is child support decided?

After a couple decides to divorce, there are still many decisions that must be made. Since their lives will become split, they need to decide on certain marital issues. This can include child support. If couples are not able to come to a conclusion in mediation, a judge may make a decision for child support during litigation.

In order to decide the proper child support that needs to be provided by each parent, New Jersey courts review various factors to decide the best support structure. These factors consist of the financial status of each parent, each party’s work history and each party’s earning capacity. In addition, the income, debt and assets of each parent are considered. This all helps to determine how much each parent can provide for the child. The amount of time the child spends living with each parent is also taken into consideration. These factors take into account how much each parent provides for the child throughout the years and how much they can provide in the future. The parenting time that each parent spends with the child is also taken into consideration. If one parent spends a lot of time with the child, they could be providing more meals and everyday items. These situations are taken into account by the judge to make a just decision.

Not only do the courts consider the financial status of each parent, but they must examine the well-being of the child. Since the court needs to decide with the best interests of the child in mind, they consider a variety of factors involving the child. This includes the child’s needs, age, health, education and the cost of providing for the child, including daycare. All of these aspects help to decide how much child support is needed to keep a consistent living for a healthy child or to improve their overall well-being.

When does child support end in New Jersey?

In the state of New Jersey, there is no approximate age for child support to end. There are certain situations that can lead to the end of child support payments though. One parent can relieve another parent of their duty to fulfill child support in a written agreement. If the child turns 19 and is financially independent, a parent may ask the court to file papers, making the child emancipated. This will then cause child support to stop.

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