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In New Jersey, child support is often ordered to provide financial stability for children in separated or divorced families. This type of financial support ensures that both parents contribute to their children’s upbringing despite no longer residing together. Child support is not meant to be used for parent’s expenses. It should be utilized exclusively for the child’s well-being. It’s important to understand what expense child support can cover in New Jersey. Please continue reading and contact our knowledgeable Monmouth County Child Support Attorneys, who can help ensure your child’s needs are met. 

What Expenses Are Covered by Child Support in New Jersey?

While child support in New Jersey is determined on a case-by-case basis, all orders are designed to cover a child’s basic necessities, such as food, clothing, and shelter. The court will consider various factors to determine how much child support must be paid to ensure the child’s needs are adequately met. Child support is intended to cover expenses related to the child’s upbringing, including, but not limited to:

  • Education: Child support payments typically contribute to educational expenses such as tuition, uniforms, textbooks, and supplies. They may also cover extracurricular activities or tutoring costs. In some cases, support may be extended beyond the age of emancipation to cover college or higher education expenses.
  • Childcare costs: Child support can cover a portion of these expenses if the custodial parent requires childcare services to work or attend school. This enables parents to maintain employment while ensuring their children receive proper care and supervision. Childcare costs may include daycare, after-school programs, summer camps, babysitters, etc.
  • Transportation: Any costs associated with transporting the children between residences, as well as transportation to and from school, extracurricular activities, or appointments, may be covered. This can include fuel costs, public transportation fares, or vehicle maintenance.
  • Entertainment and recreational activities: Child support can cover the child’s entertainment, such as sports, music lessons, hobbies, or any other activities that benefit the child. The court recognizes that such activities are crucial for a child’s development.
  • Special Needs: In cases where a child has special needs, child support can be adjusted to accommodate the additional costs associated with meeting those needs.

Does Child Support Cover Medical Expenses?

With rising healthcare costs, many parents wonder whether child support can be used to cover medical expenses. Fortunately, child support usually includes provisions for medical expenses. In most cases, the parent with better employer-based health insurance will provide health insurance coverage for the child. The cost of health insurance premiums may factor in the support calculation. Child support can also be used to cover unreimbursed medical expenses, such as deductibles, co-pays, and medical bills that are not covered by insurance. The court will ensure the child has access to essential healthcare.

If you are facing issues pertaining to child support in New Jersey, please don’t hesitate to contact Paone Zaleski & Murphy. Our legal team is prepared to help you fight for the support you need.