New Jersey Child Support Law Firm
When parents get divorced, they are still responsible for financially supporting their children until their emancipation. This obligation is based upon the custodial and parenting time, whether alimony is paid/received and a multitude of other factors that require in-depth review and analysis. Child support is determined based upon New Jersey Child Support Guidelines, but there are circumstances when a deviation from those guidelines is necessary, including times when the income of the parties exceeds the maximum provided in the guidelines. Additionally, supporting children may also include, but not be limited to, also maintaining health and life insurance benefits, the payment of uninsured health expenses, the payment of work-related childcare expenses, the payment of extracurricular activities and payment towards college, etc. An attorney who has significant experience with the intricacies of finances and how it affects child support cases, can make a tremendous difference in your case. Don’t settle on just any attorney. Contact Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman P.C. to schedule a consultation regarding your child support matter.
When does child support end?
Parents will no longer have to pay child support when the child is considered emancipated in the eyes of the state. In many situations, a child is emancipated upon graduation from high school if he/she does not pursue higher education and has the capacity to be employed. However, a child who attends college or trade school, on a full-time basis, after graduating from high school is not considered emancipated until they complete their four-year higher education. This issue and obligation is extremely fact-sensitive, and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Are Parents Obligated to Pay for College?
Under certain circumstances, parents in New Jersey may be legally obligated to pay for or towards their child’s college education. Some divorced parents may agree to terms regarding this issue. Others may not be so fortunate. When divorced parents disagree regarding payments for the child’s college education, the Court or an Arbitrator may need to decide this issue. The question of contribution toward educational costs for each child depends on many factors outlined in our statute and in our case law, including, but not limited to:
- The amount of money requested
- The ability of the parent to pay
- The school and the course of study sought
- The financial capacity of each parent
- The commitment and ability of the child
- The child’s financial resources
- The availability of financial aid
- The relationship between the child and each parent
Contact a Bergen County child support attorney
Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman P.C. has over 40 years of service to New Jersey parents dealing with divorce and child support issues. Don’t go it alone. Contact an attorney that will take the time to get to know you and your situation, walk you through your legal options, and effectively represent you and the needs of your family through these tough times. Contact Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman P.C. for a consultation today.