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Child Support in New Jersey | What You Should Know

For reasons of your own, you need to separate from your child’s other parent. However, you should know that dividing two people’s lives is a complicated, time-consuming and sensitive process. No area is thornier than child custody and child support. Whether or not you are the children’s custodial parent, please read on, then contact an experienced Ocean County child support attorney to learn what you should know about child support in New Jersey.

How is child support determined in New Jersey?

First of all, the Guidelines established by the state of New Jersey apply to everyone. New Jersey has long since abolished the tender years doctrine, meaning that either parent can be awarded physical custody. Furthermore, per state law, both parents must financially support their children. The court uses the parents’ combined net incomes to determine how much support the non-custodial parent should pay to the custodial parent, i.e. the one with physical custody of the child. While it may appear that the non-custodial parent pays more, this is not necessarily the case. The Family Court presumes that the custodial parent will naturally spend their income on the child, and rule accordingly.

How is the child support amount calculated in New Jersey and how it is processed?

The percentages of combined income per child break down as follows:

  • 17 percent for one child
  • 25 percent for two children
  • 29 percent for three children

Generally, payments start about two weeks after the order is entered if the non-custodial parent pays as directed. Once the account is set up, payments will be processed and sent within two working days after the state receives the payment.

How can an Ocean County family law attorney help you?

Reaching out to a skilled Ocean County family law attorney to discuss your next steps can make all the difference in whether or not you and your former spouse are able to come to an equitable solution and do what is in the best interests of your child. A qualified legal representative will explain this complex process so that you will be fully apprised of your rights and responsibilities. These sorts of cases can drag on indefinitely. Do not let your case be one of them. Give us a call today.

Contact our experienced Ocean County firm

Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. Not only is your financial well-being at stake, but in a divorce, both you and your children’s emotional well-being are at risk as well. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.