In New Jersey, parents are responsible for financially supporting their children. There is no fixed age when support ends. It can extend through college and beyond in some cases. Parents can adjust or terminate child support when their child reaches the age of 19 or becomes financially independent through the court declaring the child emancipated. The court has the authority to order parents to follow a child support structure decided by the courts or reviewed and accepted by the courts. Even though child support is largely determined by the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to guide you through your rights and the state’s child support laws. There are several variables that go into the calculation that must be accurate to ensure a fair support structure.
New Jersey child support guidelines explained
The New Jersey State guidelines will examine factors about the parents. These may include:
The New Jersey State guidelines will examine factors about the child. Some may include:
The parenting structure also has a major impact on the adjustment of support. If the child spends more time with one parent over another, the support structure will be adjusted to compensate for the cost of supporting a child more of the time. Additionally, children with special needs may require a higher standard of care and attention. If your child falls into a special needs category, we can ensure that the child support calculation is adjusted. Accordingly, New Jersey courts have the authority to adjust the support structure based on these and many other factors. Taking into consideration all of these factors, New Jersey courts will always act in the best interests of the child.
Shared parenting guidelines
Shared parenting is a living arrangement where the child either spends 2 or more nights per week with the non-custodial parent or over 104 nights per year. In these cases, parents will demonstrate to the court the parenting time and responsibility of each parent. In these cases, the court may use the Shared Parenting Guidelines to conclude the matter. Both parents will work with the court in order to come to a child support structure that everyone can live with and lessens the impact of the process on the child.
When does child support end?
In New Jersey, there is no fixed age when child support automatically ends. It could last past 19, through college, and sometimes even beyond that. When a parent believes that their child is financially independent, they will file papers with the court declaring their child emancipated and a judge will decide on the matter. The judge’s ruling is law and parents will have to abide by the order.
Contact a firm to protect your interests
At the law office of Paris. P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC, we understand that child support is a complicated process. Our diligent attorneys are ready to guide you through a court-ordered child support case and see that your rights and interests are protected. Don’t allow inaction to dictate a child support structure that is not fair to you or your family. Contact Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC for the effective representation you deserve.
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