Child Support in New Jersey
If you are caring for a child, you should be receiving financial support from the other parent. There are many daily costs that come with being a parent (food, clothing, shelter) and unexpected costs (medical care). Raising a child is difficult enough. You should not raise a child and bear the financial burden all by yourself.
New Jersey law imposes a duty on both parents to provide financial support (or child support) to their child(ren), whether the child was born during the marriage or not. The parent of primary residence (the person with whom the child resides) typically receives the support from the parent of alternate residence.
A Judge decides how much support should be paid based on New Jersey’s Child Support Guidelines. The Guidelines is essentially a formula establishing the amount of child support based on certain factors and circumstances. The amount can depend on any of the following factors:
- The number and ages of the children;
- The number of overnights the child spends with each the parent;
- The parents’ respective incomes (if a parent is unemployed or voluntarily underemployed, he or she may be imputed with income);
- Alimony paid or received involving a prior marriage;
- Child support paid or received for a child from a separate relationship;
- Work related child care costs;
- Medical insurance costs for the benefit of the child(ren); and
- Other factors that a Judge may decide are in the interests of the child.
There are many legal issues that can arise concerning child support. Ann Fabrikant helps parents that pay and receive child support payments with all of these issues. If you have questions or concerns about obtaining a child support order, or modify an order that’s already in place, contact our office so we can discuss your situation and how the law may apply in your case.