Child Support Attorney New Jersey
Child support in New Jersey is a periodic ongoing payment of funds from a parent for the benefit of a child. Child support is not only ordered when a divorce is finalized but rather parties who were never married also have a financial obligation to their children. Whether or not you are the residential custodian of the child, both parties have financial obligations or a requirement to pay child support. However, typically one parent pays child support to the other parent to cover their share. Child support is not necessarily for the bare necessities such as food and clothing of a child. It is also used for housing expenses, extracurricular activities etc. If you need help determine the amount of child support or if you are having difficulty meeting your child support obligation, it is important to contact a New Jersey Child Support Attorney.
Child Support Law in New Jersey N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(a)
Various factors are taken into consideration when determining the amount of child support. Most often people believe that child support automatically stops when the child reached the age of 18 but that is not the case in New Jersey. It is very often that child support may continue through the child finishing college. Further, if your child is disabled, it may affect the amount of length of child support. Some of the factors that are considered in determing child support are:
- The needs of the child or children;
- The standard of living of the parties or their economic circumstances;
- All income and assets fo the parties;
- The earning abilities of the parties, including education, training, work experience and skills, cost of child care, and length of time needed to obtain employment;
- Age and health of the children and parents;
- The need and capacity of the child for education;
- Income, assets, and earning ability of the child;
- Responsibility of the parent for court ordered support;
- Reasonable debts and liability of the child and parent;
- Any other factors.
Some cases will be subject to the NJ Child Support Guidelines while others may not be. When a child is in college full time, it may also effect the amount of child support. Your alimony payments, your overnights spent visiting with the child, the cost of health insurance, any mandatory union dues, and other dependent deductions may all have an effect on the amount of child support you either may receive or have to pay. It is important to consider all of these factors and to hire a competent seasoned child support attorney to address your concerns so that the proper amount of child support is paid.
Enforcement of Child Support
Sometimes a parent fails to pay their Court Ordered child support. Other times you may have an agreement with the other party for payment of child support but do not have a court order. If the other parent becomes past due, the amount due and owing is referred to as child support arrears. Failure to pay child support may result in legal consequences. The New Jersey Child Support Probation Division has the power to wage garnish the paying parent’s income, unemployment, and workers compensation benefits in order to obtain funds to be applied to those arrears. Failure to pay child support could result in serious consequences such as a bench warrant for your arrest, freezing or seizure of funds in a bank account, driver’s license revocation, a freeze on your passport, and more. Contact the Law Office of Regan A. Barbetti to discuss how to obtain the arrearages for your child or in the event you owe arrears, to discuss your best options moving forward.
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For the customized legal representation you need for your Child Support case, please contact us today. Our firm understands that each case is different, which is why we are always guided by the uniquely personal issues of each client and the various economic factors that exist.