Governor Signs NJ Child Support Law
On January 19 of this year, Governor Chris Christie found the time in his busy presidential campaign schedule to sign a new child support law into effect. All child support obligations now end at the age of 19. Child and/or medical support can continue for the child until age 23 under the following conditions:
- The child is in high school;
- The child is enrolled in full-time college, vocational or graduate school;
- The child is disabled;
- The parties have reached a separate agreement; or
- The Court granted continued support.
The law does not take effect until February 1, 2017. It applies to all child support orders.
If your child is already 19 years old or older, child support will end on February 1, 2017.
If your child will be turning 19 as of February 1, 2017, you will receive an initial Notice of Child Support Termination on or around August 1, 2016. Going forward, the initial Notice of Child Support Termination will be sent 180 days before your child’s 19th birthday. Two important pieces of information that will be included with the notice are instructions on how to request a continuance of support and how the amount of child support will be impacted.
It should be noted that if you already have a Judgment of Divorce (JOD) or child support order that states a different termination date, that date will stand and you will not have to apply for a continuation. In the event that you still receive a notice, you would simply have to provide a copy of your JOD showing the agreed upon termination date. You would then receive a Final Notice of Child Support Termination 90 days before your child’s 23rd birthday or other agreed upon termination date.
You may oppose any updated order for continued support beyond your child’s 19th birthday, by filing a Motion with the Court. Similarly, if you have two or more children, and only one is emancipated, you may need to file a Motion to recalculate child support for the remaining unemancipated child(ren).
Bear in mind, the child support termination process is an ongoing one. If you require clarification or more information, please contact this office.
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