Understanding Child Support Guidelines and Legal Considerations in New Jersey
Along with alimony, child support is one of the main sensitive financial issues that can arise in New Jersey divorce cases.
Often, these issues can draw out the process of divorce, making it lengthier and costlier than either spouse planned for in the beginning.
The reason that child support matters are so delicate is generally the same from case to case: the payer is concerned that they’ll be required to pay more than they can afford to, and the recipient is concerned that they won’t be awarded enough to meet basic needs.
Regardless of what side of the issue you are on, it is important that you have seasoned legal representation from the start of your case.
At The Law Office of Steven M. Cytryn, LLC our goal is to procure the best possible outcome for you, with a particular focus of your financial circumstances and means.
If you have a child, you are required to financially support that child. Regardless of whether you are the mother or the father of the child, or have custody of the child or just see the child through arranged parenting time. The law requires both parents of a child to be financially involved in the child’s life.
That said, the primary custodian of the child usually is already providing financial support to the child by providing the child a place to live, food, clothing, and other basic necessities.
Therefore, New Jersey has created a child support guidelines that takes into consideration several factors and calculates an amount to be paid by the non-custodial parent to help make up a portion of that financial support that the custodial parent is already providing. This is what is known as child support.
What is Child support?
Is based on the income of both parents
Is impacted by the number of overnights the children spend with each parent
Can take into consideration other expenses, such as medical insurance and day care
Is not taxable
Can change if and when the financial circumstances of the parties change
Because there is so much on the line in a New Brunswick child support case, it is important that you speak with an attorney about your rights as soon as possible. At The Law Office of Steven M. Cytryn, LLC, our goal is to help you become educated about the child support process and help you protect your rights and interests under the law.
In New Jersey, child support continues so long as a child is not emancipated. Nevertheless, in New Jersey, there is no automatic age of emancipation for a child. In some divorce settlement agreements, the parties may agree on certain ages or conditions under which a child will be considered emancipated, such as upon graduation of college.
Absent an agreement, Court’s will look to whether the child is or can be financial independent, and is outside the financial sphere of influence of his or her parents. Of course, this can vary significantly on a case by case basis. For example, an 18 year old who is employed full time and living out of the house might be considered emancipated, but a 25 year old in medical school may not.
Contact The Law Office of Steven M. Cytryn, LLC Today to Speak With an Experienced New Brunswick Lawyer
Overcoming child support obstacles can be challenging, and these matters are nearly impossible to navigate on your own. At The Law Office of Steven M. Cytryn, LLC, we can provide experienced, trustworthy legal support, regardless of what side of the issue you are on.
Contact us today at (732) 214-1103 to learn more about the legal options you have available to you and how to plan your next step to elicit the best possible results.