If you are the financially dependent spouse in your marriage and you have custody of your child, it is recommended that you speak with a Morristown child support lawyer regarding your options for child support payments. To learn more about our legal team and how we can assist you with your child support matters, do not hesitate to contact our firm today to schedule your initial consultation. Continue reading to learn more about child support in New Jersey. Here are some questions you may have:

How is child support determined in New Jersey?

There is a wide range of factors that will be considered by New Jersey courts in order to determine a child support agreement. New Jersey courts will turn to the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines essentially state that families with a combined yearly net income between $8,840 and $187,200 will have to share the child’s expenses proportionally. In most cases, the financially independent parent will be the payor while the other parent will be the payee.

If you fall outside of the child support guidelines in New Jersey, or if there are other complicating circumstances, the court will examine the following additional factors to determine your child support agreement:

  • The child’s standard of living
  • Each parent’s age and health
  • The child’s medical, educational, and other needs
  • Each parent’s yearly salary
  • Each parent’s assets and liabilities
  • Each parent’s earning capacity
  • The child custody agreement in place
  • If the child has special needs
  • Any other relevant factor

How can I modify child support in New Jersey?

When a child turns 19 in New Jersey, they are considered emancipated. This means that they will no longer require child support. The supporting parent can request a termination of child support once the child is considered emancipated. However, in other cases, the supporting parent can formally request an extension on child support payments. This may occur when a child plans on attending higher education or university or if the child has special needs. If you are looking into modifying your child support payments, reach out to our legal team for help with obtaining the post-judgment modification that best suits you and your child’s needs.

If you have any further questions about child support in New Jersey, do not hesitate to contact our Morristown family law attorney. Our legal team is prepared to take on your family matters when you are ready. Give us a call today to get started.

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