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Child Support in New Jersey

After the court decides the custody of the child, then comes the matter of child support. In the state of New Jersey, parents are required to financially support their children. Even though one parent has physical custody, the other must help out with payments because the cost of a child is too much for one parent to take on by themselves. This requires the non-custodial parent to pay their part of the cost of child care to the custodial parent.


The state created the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines in order to determine a formula to use for child support. The formula factors in a number of things in order to come to conclusion on what a parent owes in child support. According to New Jersey, the guidelines acknowledge the following:

  • The needs of the child
  • The child custody arrangement
  • The standard of living of each parent
  • Both parents’ economic situations
  • Assets and liabilities of each parent
  • The child’s educational needs
  • the age and health of each parent
  • The age and health of the child

When Do You Stop Paying Child Support?

A parent is required to pay child support until a certain age. In some cases, that age may vary depending on the child. Typically, in the state of New Jersey, child support is assumed to end when a child turns 19 years old. This may change depending on whether or not a child wishes to seek higher education. This requires additional costs, as college is expensive. In event of this, a court may extend child support payments until the child graduates from college. Some factors that may include a parent having to extend college expenses are:

  • The amount of money sought
  • The capability of a parent to pay the costs
  • The school and course of study
  • The financial capacity of the parents
  • the child’s commitment
  • The child’s finances
  • The accessibility of financial aid
  • The child’s relationship with both parents


If you or a family member is seeking representation for a child support case, contact the Law Office of Sabrina Gianna, LLC. today.

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