NJ Child Support Services
The payment of child support reflects the continuous duty of both parents to financially support their children. In New Jersey, this duty continues until the children are emancipated or until a court orders otherwise. If one parent seeks to terminate their child support obligation and there is a court order in place for child support, that parent must file a petition with the court seeking to terminate that obligation. Until that is done, both parents are obligated to support their child/ren based upon their income, ability to earn income and assets. If a parent stops paying child support, he/she may be required to pay back child support (past due child support.)
N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23 specifically states:
In determining the amount of child support to be paid by a parent and the period during which the duty of support is owed, the court shall consider, but not be limited to, the following factors:
(1) Needs of the child;
(2) Standard of living and economic circumstances of each parent;
(3) All sources of income and assets of each parent;
(4) Earning ability of each parent, including educational background, training, employment skills, work experience, custodial responsibility for children including the cost of providing child care and the length of time and cost of each parent to obtain training or experience for appropriate employment;
(5) Need and capacity of the child for education, including higher education;
(6) Age and health of the child and each parent;
(7) Income, assets and earning ability of the child;
(8) Responsibility of the parents for the court-ordered support of others;
(9) Reasonable debts and liabilities of each child and parent; and
(10) Any other factors the court may deem relevant.
Contact one of our child support lawyers to discuss what your child support obligation will, can or should be. Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to either a downward or upward modification of your child support payment or your child/ren may be emancipated and your child support obligation should cease. Each case is fact sensitive and you should discuss all of your options with a competent attorney.
The family law team at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer serves New Jersey clients in Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Essex County, Hudson County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, and Union County, in addition to serving clients in New York City.
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