Representing NJ clients facing child support matters
Parents in New Jersey are required to support their children. Generally, the age of emancipation is 19, though the obligation to support one’s child can extend through college and beyond. Child support cases are decided mostly by following the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. This is a general formula followed by courts to determine a fair and just support structure that functions to mitigate the impact of the divorce on the child. The guidelines take a lot of factors into consideration, including the income of the family, the custody arrangement, and the needs of the child. Once a judge hears the case, the final decision must be followed. Having quality legal support through the matter is important. If you need help from a seasoned child support attorney, contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.
New Jersey Child Support Guidelines
The goal of a child support hearing is to lessen the impact of a divorce on the life of a child. Accordingly, New Jersey will take into consideration many factors that relate to the children and parents in order to decide on a fair support structure. After the court assesses the financial situation of the family as a whole, other factors will be examined, including:
- The child’s needs
- The family’s standard of living
- Each parent’s economic circumstances
- The earning ability of each party
- Each family member’s age and health
- Any income, assets, and earning ability of the child
- Other children in need of support
- Other factors deemed important
When does child support end?
This is a complicated question to answer. Child support should end at the age of emancipation, which New Jersey has pushed to 19 from the previous age of 18. This is not set in stone and depending on the circumstances of the case, can extend past college until the age of 23.
Am I obligated to pay for my child’s college expenses?
Often, a divorcing couple has already discussed and agreed to how college contributions will be handled. If not and if the parents are capable, they may be obligated by law to support their children, depending on factors set forth in previous cases.
Contact an experienced Monmouth County child support attorney
Child support is a serious legal matter. Because both parents have worked hard for the success of the family, child support can easily lead a couple, blinded by emotions, towards litigation. If you need an effective attorney, contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly for a consultation. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on the lives of the people involved. We will work to protect your interests and the future of your family. For a consultation, contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly for a consultation today.