The state of New Jersey takes child support seriously. That is why you will need to be aware of the various factors a court considers when making these important determinations. Reach out to our firm today and speak with one of our skilled Monmouth County child support attorneys to learn more.

What factors does the court consider with child support in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, courts do not have a concrete formula to determine child support decisions. However, courts do consider a wide range of factors to take into account to come to a conclusion about how much the non-custodial parent is needed to pay in child support. In New Jersey, courts will look at the following guidelines:

  • The needs of the child
  • The child custody arrangement
  • The age and health of each parent
  • The age and health of the child
  • The standard of living of each parent
  • Both parents’ economic situations
  • Assets and liabilities of each parent
  • The child’s educational needs

To learn more about these factors, reach out to our firm today. Our legal team has the knowledge and experience required to help our clients through this process. Our firm is on your side.

When do I stop paying child support?

In New Jersey, a parent is only needed to pay child support until the child reaches a specific age. This differs from case to case depending on the child. In most instances, in the state of New Jersey, child support is presumed to end once the child turns 19 years old. However, this can change depending on whether or not a child wishes to pursue a college education. Because college is expensive, it may need additional payments from the non-custodial parent. In this matter, the court may expand child support payments until the child graduates from college. Some factors that may require a parent having to extend college expenses are:

  • The capability of a parent to pay the costs
  • The amount of money sought
  • The school and course of study
  • The child’s commitment
  • The child’s finances
  • The accessibility of financial aid
  • The child’s relationship with both parents
  • The financial capacity of the parents

If you have questions or concerns about child support or when these payments should end for you and your family, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today. Our skilled Monmouth County child support attorneys are on your side and will help you each step of the way.


If you require strong legal representation for matters of divorce and family law in Rumson, Monmouth County, or anywhere in New Jersey, contact The Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murphy to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.