An Explanation of Child Support in New Jersey

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Both parents share in the responsibility of ensuring that their children have enough food to eat, a safe place to live, and plenty of clothes to wear throughout the year. Despite this responsibility, many children in the state of New Jersey don’t receive enough support from either one or both, of their parents. Here is a brief explanation of child support in New Jersey.

Two Parents in Every Case

Child support in New Jersey typically involves both parents. Each parent has a designation, either Parent of Primary Residence or Parent of Alternate Residence. The Parent of Primary Residence, known as the “payee,” receives the child support payments. He or she has primary residential custody of the child, meaning that the child lives with this parent most of the time. The other parent, the Parent of Alternate Residence, known as the “payor,” pays the child support. In a co-parenting arrangement, the parents might split residential custody 50/50 and might pay the child’s out-of-pocket expenses 50/50. It all depends on what is best for that family.

Responsibilities for Each Parent

Both parents in a child support case will have different responsibilities that must be met. When the child support order is signed, both parents are doing just that; agreeing to the terms of the document for the benefit of their children. The custodial parent is responsible for feeding, clothing, caring for, educating and protecting the child on a daily basis.

The non-custodial parent is responsible for paying child support while also handling the aforementioned responsibilities when the children spend time with them. The responsibility of a non-custodial parent in New Jersey is not just the payment of child support. Both parents need to be involved in the lives of the children regularly in order for them to grow and develop.

NJ Child Support Guidelines

The guidelines created by the state of New Jersey for child support include the following:

  • Amount of support is based on both parents’ incomes or imputed incomes
  • Support must be paid until the child hits the age of 17 or until he or she graduates from high school, whichever comes first
  • Support is allowed to continue past the age of 18 if the child has a physical or emotional condition or if the child is a full-time college student
  • Support orders can be changed by either party if the requesting party files a motion for a change due to a change of circumstance

What’s Included in a Child Support Order?

In the state of New Jersey, there are a variety of different items that are included in a child support order. These items include:

  • Health insurance
  • Monetary support for food, clothing, and housing
  • Education expenses (basic needs)
  • Visitation travel costs
  • Extra medical expenses
  • Expenses for child care
  • Extra activities

Shared Parenting vs Sole Parenting

The courts in New Jersey will determine the custody arrangement for your case. If you will be part of a shared parenting plan it means that the children will spend 28 percent of overnight stays throughout the year with the non-custodial parent. Sole parenting occurs when the children will spend less than 28 percent of overnights throughout the year with the non-custodial parent. The custody arrangement will play a major role in determining the amount of child support the payor will need to provide the payee.

Are you struggling to make your child support payments in Cinnaminson, New Jersey? Not sure what your next steps are in your child custody agreement? Contact Patricia Davis, Esquire today to schedule a consultation. Ms. Davis is just a phone call away at 856-829-9204.