When do child support payments stop?

Child support is a marital issue that is decided on during divorce proceedings. After divorce, spouses may need to cooperate with child custody arrangements and child support payments. Usually child support is paid to the parent that has the custodial parent role. They spend more of their time with the child and therefore, spend more money on the child on a regular basis. This means that the other parent should be chipping in as well. This other parent may be court-ordered to pay child support. This can be beneficial for the child. Since the children are not able to support themselves financially, they rely on their parents. However, if one parent is unable to fully support the child, they can have mandated help from the other parent.

In New Jersey, there is no approximate age for child support to end. A child does not turn a certain age where the court order of child support is terminated. Instead, there are other ways that child support can be ended. 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 put a stop to child support.

How is child support decided?

As with other marital issues, many factors will be taken into consideration to make a final decision for child support. New Jersey judges have to review various factors to determine the best support structure. These factors can include a range of aspects that are considered to ensure that the child is taken care of. These factors consist of the financial status of each parent, each party’s work history and each party’s earning capacity. In addition to this, the income, debt and assets of each parent are considered. The judge can estimate how much each parent can provide for the child financially.

Besides financial factors, the judge considers the amount of time the child spends living with each parent. 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.

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