When Does Child Support End in New Jersey?

When Does Child Support End in New Jersey?

When a couple goes through a divorce, they must settle many legal matters. If they are parents, one of these includes child support. This requires one parent to make support payments to the other to help financially assist their child even after the divorce is final. This compensation exists to help the child maintain the standard of living they were used to before the divorce happened.

When child support is in question, the amount is determined by a judge by following the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. This is done by calculating the child’s living expenses with the family’s income. This is done in conjunction with the consideration of many factors regarding the life of the family. This can include the parents’ financial status, the needs of the child, each parents’ work history, the parents’ earning capacity, the cost of providing for the child, and more. This allows the judge to determine what the parents can provide the child to give them stability and ensure the amount fits their personal situation.

Age of Emancipation

When a parent has physical custody, their child will live with them most of the time. This requires them to provide the child with consistent shelter, food, clothing, and more. Because of this,

the non-custodial parent must also financially assist the child so that these costs do not become overwhelming for one parent. This helps afford the cost of living for the child and support them as they grow up. These payments may end when a child reaches the age of emancipation. In the state of New Jersey, this is typically at 19 years old.

Every family and divorce case is different from another. This is why there is no one solution to child support and every case is handled uniquely. Because of this, support payments do not always end at 19 years old. Certain exceptions can be made by the court to extend payments. This may be if the child seeks higher education, such as college or trade school. When this happens, they may not be emancipated until they finish their education. This requires parents to continue support payments throughout their education until the child can support themselves. However, if a parent believes that a child can provide for themselves, they can file a motion to emancipate the child. When a child is deemed emancipated, child support payments may end.

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