If you do not have custody or visitation with your child, you may be wondering if you are obligated to pay child support. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more about how child support works in New Jersey. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do New Jersey courts determine child support?
In New Jersey, there are guidelines applied when an application to establish or modify child support is considered by the court. These guidelines were developed to provide the court with economic information to assist in the establishment and modification of fair and adequate child support awards. The premise of these guidelines is that (1) child support is a continuous duty of both parents, (2) children are entitled to share in the current income of both parents, and (3) children should not be the economic victims of divorce or out-of-wedlock birth. Numerous factors are considered in the guidelines, including your wages and earnings, the costs of childcare and any out-of-pocket insurance expenses, as well as the number of overnights a parent spends with their child.
If the court finds that the guidelines are inappropriate in a specific case, it may either disregard the guidelines or adjust the guidelines-based award to accommodate the needs of the children or the parents’ circumstances.
Will I have to pay child support even if I do not have child custody/visitation rights?
It depends on the circumstances and factors referenced above. It is important to note that, among numerous other factors, the guidelines take into account the number of overnights spent with each parent when calculating a child support amount, though that does not mean that the parent without custody or visitation will not have an obligation if they do not have any overnights with the child.
As such, it is crucial to contact an experienced Family Law attorney to assist you. Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman has helped clients with various difficult legal challenges for over 40 years, which is why we know we have the experience needed to do the same for you. Contact Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman today to schedule a consultation.
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