Child Support Obligations in New Jersey

Parents in New Jersey are often faced with determining a child support arrangement when they get divorced. Even if a parent no longer has custody of their child after the divorce, they may still be required to provide financial support to the child until they are emancipated in the eyes of the state. When a divorcing couple cannot make a decision on child support, they will need to turn to the court for help deciding on the matter. The court will heavily consider the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines when making this decision. However, in situations where these guidelines don’t apply, the court will take the following factors into consideration:

  • The custody arrangement
  • The child’s needs
  • The child’s needs for both primary and higher education
  • The standard of living established before the divorce
  • The earning capacity of each parent
  • The age and health of the child
  • The assets and liabilities of each parent
  • The financial situation of each parent
  • The age and health of each parent

Parents are required by law to financially support their child until their child is considered emancipated. This can happen either at age 19 or can be extended until the child is 23 if they pursued higher education such as college or trade school. If you have questions about child support in New Jersey, contact our firm today.

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