How Does Child Support Work in New Jersey?

Many divorcing parents have one primary concern: the well-being of their children. In many cases, receiving child support is necessary for preserving their child’s best interests. If you are currently getting divorced, you must continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more about how child support works in New Jersey and how we can help you through every step of the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How Does Child Support Work in New Jersey?

How will my child custody agreement affect child support in New Jersey?

Typically, in New Jersey, child support is awarded to the parent who has physical custody for the majority of the time. In many cases, parents who only get to see their children on the weekends or every other week will feel as though they do not owe child support since they don’t get to spend as much time with their child, however, this is simply untrue. The main purpose of child support is to protect your child’s best interests, and if you are financially independent and do not have primary physical custody, you can expect to pay child support.

What factors are considered when determining child support?

As previously stated, the most important factor is your child’s best interests. If the court determines it is in your child’s best interests for you to make regular child support payments, then you will have to do so. However, courts will also consider you and your spouses’ yearly salaries, your age/health, whether either spouse remarried, how many children are in a household, and more.

Am I allowed to stop paying child support?

In most cases, children are considered emancipated when they graduate high school, are physically capable of getting a job, and are not pursuing higher education. In this case, you may request termination of child support payments. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule. They are as follows:

  • One parent has high or unreimbursed medical expenses for the child, requiring an extension on child support
  • The child wants to go to college/higher education
  • The child has certain special needs

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