Child Support

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Under New Jersey law, parents who divorce remain financially responsible for supporting their children until the children are determined emancipated. In many cases, parents are able to agree to terms of child support outside of court. In cases where an agreement cannot be reached, the court determines the appropriate amount of child support.

However, regardless of a child’s status, child support will terminate by the age of 23, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Generally, child support is determined by the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. The Child Support Guidelines arrive at a child support amount by factoring the number of children; the age of the children; the custodial arrangement; the income of each parent; and numerous other factors. When the income level of the parties exceeds a specified level, a supplemental award of child support, in excess of the Child Support Guidelines, will be awarded. A supplemental award is based on a number of factors, and the court will pay careful consideration to the reasonable budget of the child in the context of the marital lifestyle.

Determining appropriate child support can be a complex topic in which the unique details of a particular case form the basis for the determined amount. The Law Offices of Megan S. Murray maintains an expert knowledge of the multi-faceted issues on which child support is determined. Contact The Family Law Offices of Megan S. Murray to schedule a consultation regarding child support and the specifics of your divorce.

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How Long Does Child Support Last In New Jersey?

Child support lasts until the child is considered emancipated in the eyes of the state.

Under New Jersey law, parents who divorce remain financially responsible for supporting their child until the child is determined emancipated.

Generally, children are deemed emancipated upon their graduation from high school if they do not go on to pursue higher education. If children attend college on a full-time basis after high school, they will likely not be deemed emancipated until they have graduated from college.

However, child support is to terminate, absent exceptional circumstances, regardless of a child’s status in school upon a child reaching the age of 23. In each case, the question of emancipation is fact-sensitive and determined by the unique circumstances of each case.

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What Factors Are Considered in Determining Child Support in NJ?

Pursuant to New Jersey law, both parents are responsible for contributing to the support of their children. When the New Jersey Guidelines are applied, each party’s contribution to the support of the children will be in proportion to his or her respective net income. In addition to the income of each party, the court may also consider the following factors in determining the appropriate child support award:

The needs of the child;

Standard of living and economic circumstances of each parent;

All sources of income and assets of each parent;

Earning ability of each parent including educational background, training, employment skills, work experience, custodial responsibility for children including the cost of providing child care and the length and time and cost of each parent to obtain training or experience for appropriate employment;

The needs and capacity of the child for education, including higher education;

Age and health of the child and each parent;

Income, assets, and earning ability of the child;

Responsibility of the parents for the court-ordered support of others;

Responsible debts and liabilities of each child and parent;

Any other factors the court may deem relevant.

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Contact The Family Law Offices of Megan S. Murray to Discuss your Child Support  Case

Whether you will be paying or receiving child support, every parent going through a divorce should consult a divorce attorney to discuss the issue of child support.

Get in touch with us today by calling (732)-847-9896 to schedule an appointment or send us a message with the details of your case.