How is Child Support Determined in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, child support is the right of the child, and every child has the right to be supported by both parents, no matter the relationship status of the parents. This right becomes particularly important when two parents separate or divorce, because that is when an appropriate amount of child support must be established. New Jersey has adopted a uniform method of calculating child support, and utilizes “Child Support Guidelines”. The aim of using the Child Support Guidelines is to ensure that a child receives the same level of support he/she would have been entitled to if the child was in an intact family.
New Jersey Child Support Guidelines provides a calculation for support utilizing both parents' incomes, the number of children for which support should be calculated, and the number of overnights enjoyed by the parent of alternate residence. There are also several expenses that are considered in the calculation, including but not limited to mandatory union dues or pensions, the cost of work related daycare, the children’s share of health insurance premiums, and some extraordinary expenses. The State provides a basic and quick guideline based to give you an idea of what level of support you can expect.
When determining income courts will consider, not only regular income, but also alimony, rental income, social security disability benefits, unemployment benefits, etc. In the event a court determines that one parent is underemployed, the court may also impute a certain level of income based on that parent’s ability to earn.
For a flat add-on fee we can provide you with proposed child support guidelines based on the information you provide. We have the latest software for calculation of child support consistent with what the court would order, and as such we can confidently assist you regarding what level of child support you can expect to pay or receive.