If you are wondering when to expect child support payments to stop and if you can request an extension, continue reading. If you require assistance with any family law matters, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New Jersey family law attorney for help. Our legal team at The Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski, & Murphy is prepared to assist you today. Here are some questions you may have regarding child support payments in New Jersey:

How do New Jersey courts determine child support agreements?

The best interest of your child will be considered first and foremost when the court is determining child support agreements. The court will also consider the following factors to come to a conclusion:

  • Your child’s age
  • You and your spouse’s age and health
  • You and your spouse’s yearly salary
  • The number of children you have living in your household
  • Whether your child plans on receiving higher education
  • Whether your child has a regular income
  • Whether your child has special needs
  • Any other factor that the court deems relevant

When can I stop paying child support in New Jersey?

Once a child reaches the age of 19, they are no longer entitled to child support payments in New Jersey. However, there are a few circumstances that may prompt a parent of children who receive support to request an extension of support past the age of 19.

If your child is planning on receiving higher education, you may request an extension on the child support payments until they reach the age of 23. If your child has special needs, depending on the needs, you may request an extension on child support payments.

Other circumstances that allow a child to have the legal right to emancipate themselves include the following:

  • They joined or are joining the military
  • They are married
  • They are no longer living with either parent
  • They are financially independent and have a full-time job
  • They are pregnant or has children of their own

If you require assistance with your child support payment matters or have any further questions regarding ending support, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New Jersey family law attorney. Our legal team will walk you through any questions you may have and can assist you with any of your family law matters. To learn more about our services and how we can help, reach out to our firm today to schedule your initial consultation with our team.


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