When a couple with children decides to get divorced, they may have to address child support and child custody. Child support is paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent in an effort to help the child maintain a similar quality of life that they had prior to the divorce. Often, parents are unsure of how child support is determined and are concerned about how much they will be obligated to pay. Parents in New Jersey are obligated to make child support payments until the child turns 19 years old, in most cases. However, if the child pursues a higher education, the obligation may be extended until the child turns 23 years old.
When assessing exactly how much the noncustodial parent will pay in child support, the New Jersey courts will use the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines as a basis. It is also important to note that the court uses a number of other factors when determining a fair support structure. Some of these factors include:
- The needs of the child
- The custody arrangement
- The standard of living prior to the divorce
- Income and assets of each parent
- Earning capacity of each parent
- Age and health of each child
- Age and health of each parent
Determining child support can be complex. It is important to have the guidance of an experienced divorce and family law attorney to make sure you are getting a fair arrangement. Contact our firm today.
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