NJ Child Support Guidelines
New Jersey child support is governed by both statute and Court Rules. These laws set forth a number of factors to be considered before an NJ child support award is established, such as:
- Needs of the child
- Standard of living and economic circumstances of each parent
- All sources of income and assets of each parent
- Earning ability of each parent, including
- Educational background
- Employment skills
- Work experience
- Length of time and cost for each parent to obtain training or experience for appropriate employment
- Caretaking responsibility for children
- Cost of providing child care
- Need and capacity of the child for education, including higher education
- Age and health of the child and each parent
- Income, assets, and earning ability of the child
- Responsibility of the parents for the court-ordered support of others
- Reasonable debts and liabilities of each child and parent
Determining the Amount of New Jersey Child Support
The intricate formula generally used to calculate child support is known as the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. This formula begins by first identifying each parent's gross income. New Jersey alimony is included in the receiving spouse's gross income and is deducted from the paying spouse's gross income. Taxes are then applied, so that the net income can be properly assessed. Even union dues are figured into the calculation because they are often considered a mandatory deduction. The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines take into account a variety of child related expenses, including health care premium payments and child care contributions.
It is important to note, however, that NJ child support varies from case to case given each family's specific circumstances. For example, the age of the child may translate into a greater amount of child support because a child who is over the age of 12 is deemed to cost more than a younger child. Also, the number of visitation overnights a non-custodial parent enjoys with the child dictates certain monetary credits to be applied which are factored into the formula.
While the New Jersey courts rely upon the NJ Child Support Guidelines to determine the proper amount of child support payments, in divorce cases where the parties have substantial household income, the amount of child support awarded may exceed these standardized guidelines.
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Determining the appropriate amount of NJ child support can directly affect both your present—and your future. At Weinberger Law Group, our skilled NJ child support lawyers understand the problems and difficulties divorcing couples face. As such, we provide complete and customized legal representation throughout the entire child support process.
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