Child Support

Few parents would deny that their children are entitled to support from both parents. Even if they would dispute this issue, the New Jersey courts have consisted rules in places based on this premise. New Jersey family laws include distinct child support guidelines. Whether child support is sought because of a divorce or by unwed parents, the court enforces these guidelines. In particular, they are a requirement for those whose net combined income is below $187,200. Both parties are required to complete a worksheet regarding their income and respond to other relevant questions. The factors considered in the determinationof child support matters are:

  • Pooled income of the parents
  • Custodial parent v. non-custodial parent
  • Percentage of Parenting time
  • Shared Parenting
  • Fixed Expenses, such as mortgage or rental fees
  • Controlled Expenses, such as clothing, personal care or entertainment
  • Variable Expenses, such as transportation and food
  • Credit will be given for preexisting child support orders for other children

When the parents earn in excessof the amount specified as the maximum net income amounts on the New Jersey Child Support guidelines, special considerations are made by the court. Child support will not be less than the maximum amount stated within the guidelines.

In retaining a New Jersey family law attorney, it is crucial to find someone who cannot only provide experienced legal advice. To reach the best outcome,you need a divorce lawyer or family law attorney who has a financial background. It is important to retain counsel who understands the intricacies of the law and its many exceptions. Sam's business and finance experience is a great resource when advising clients on child support issues.