New Jersey Child Support Attorney
Both parents in New Jersey, whether married or unmarried, have an obligation to contribute to the finical support of their children. Our court has determined that in tact families pool their resources for the benefit of all family members. When the parents are separated and no longer living together the court will apportion each parents financial obligation for the child. Even though child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent the custodial parent still has a financial obligation for child support.
In New Jersey, the amount of money the non-custodial parent pays in child support is determined by a complicated formula known as the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. New Jersey Court Rule 5:6A requires the guidelines be used in determining child support. The child support guidelines give the court a presumption of support to be paid on behalf of a child or children. In most cases the NJ child support guidelines are used to determine support, however, in some cases where good cause is demonstrated, a support amount other than the NJ child support guideline amount can be used. This is known as “off guideline” or “non-guideline” support.
The primary factor in determining New Jersey child support is the gross incomes of both parents. Income alone does not determine the child support obligation. Other factors that determine a New Jersey child support obligation include:
- Overnight visitation time
- The children’s Health care insurance premium payments
- Unreimbursed heath care costs of the children
- Work related day care payments
- Support paid for children from other relationships
- Mandatory union dues
- Mandatory retirement contributions
A child support worksheet is used to calculate child support in New Jersey. Based on the number of overnights the non-custodial parent has with the children either a sole parenting worksheet or a shared parenting worksheet will be used to determine the guidelines support amount. (You can download either worksheet by clicking on the links.) You can learn more about New Jersey Child Support by reviewing our Child Support posts on this site. For an up to date list of our child support articles – click here.
The New Jersey child support attorneys at DeMichele and DeMichele, P.C. have vast experience dealing with all child support issues. Our attorneys are skilled at calculating child support amounts, establishing new child support orders, enforcing and collecting child support orders, and modifying existing child support orders. If you need help with child support, the NJ child support lawyers at DeMichele and DeMichele, PC are prepared to help.
For more information about NJ child support, New Jersey child support guidelines, NJ divorce, or other family law matters, please contact us or call (856) 546-1350 for a confidential consultation.