For better or worse, NJ child support struggles are both commonplace, and complex. On one hand is the long-term support for innocent children, and the other hand rests a potentially substantial long-term financial obligation.
Regardless of whether the children came from married parents or not, both parents have an obligation to ensure their offspring receive adequate support.
That also means both parents have the right to be represented in child support proceedings to ensure their own financial well-being is accurately represented and that child support arrangements are as balanced as possible.
It can’t be understated that child support arrangements can have long-term impacts on either parent, regardless of their position in the arrangement, which is why experienced legal representation, such as Fabrikant Law, is highly encouraged.
We also hope that this NJ child support guide can help you understand the various aspects of the child support process and arrangement.
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Child Support is More Than Just Money
Where does child support really fit in?
Well, just like child custody, the unfortunate truth is that children can so often become the unwitting victims of adult struggles…
Despite that, children still have a number of needs, such as sufficient food, usable clothing, education, medical care, etc. In many cases, these children have no real control over their living situation, but would certainly experience the negative consequences of inadequate support.
To prevent children from potentially suffering from these situations, New Jersey child support laws requires both parents to financially support their children in the vast majority of cases, regardless of which parent is living with the child.
There is also no requirement that parents be divorced, or even in a romantic relationship, for child support to be awarded and required.
NJ Child Support Guidelines: How Much Support Will My Children Get?
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.
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