How Is Child Support Determined?

For many individuals, determining child support can be a complex, frustrating process. Income is not the only factor. There are numerous other elements which might impact the determination of child support. When you need a skilled family law attorney on your side, schedule a consultation at the firm of Carol H. Gold, Esquire, L.L.C.

New legislation regarding child support became effective on Feb. 1, 2017. Child support obligations used to continue until an order terminating the obligation was issued. This resulted in noncustodial parents paying child support past the time that they could have ended it. Now, child support ends when a child reaches 19. The parent receiving child support can request that it continue under certain circumstances, such as if the child is attending college or vocational school full time or is disabled. This legislation puts the burden on the receiver of child support to request a continuation when a child turns 19, as opposed to the old legislation, which put the burden on the payer to file a motion to terminate child support.

What Factors Can Influence Child Support?

Generally, child support is determined through calculations pursuant to the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. This is a complex formula, which takes into account many factors such as gross taxable and nontaxable income, mandatory retirement, union dues, prior child support orders, other dependents, government benefits, child's health insurance, work-related day care and number of overnights each parent has with the child. It is important to bring the necessary documents to court to ensure that you get the credit you deserve factored into the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines calculations.

It should also be noted that there are certain situations in which the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines do not apply, such as when college students live away from home.

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