When parents split, they will still have the obligation of financially supporting their child. Parents have this obligation until they turn 19 years old, in many cases. There are a number of cases where the parents will have this obligation extended until the child has finished college or other training. For the most part, New Jersey uses the state’s Child Support Guidelines to come up with a child support structure for the parents to abide by. In order to determine an appropriate child support obligation, the court will take a number of different factors into consideration. Some of these factors include the following:
- The child custody arrangement
- The needs of the child
- Need and aptitude of the child for education, including higher education
- The standard of living of each parent
- Each parent’s economic situation
- The assets and liabilities of each parent
- Earning ability of each parent
- The age and health of each parent
- The age and health of the child
It is also essential that parents in New Jersey are aware that they may be obligated to pay their child’s college expense, depending on certain circumstances.
When a parent believes that their child is financially independent and no longer needs support, they may have to have the state declare that the child is emancipated. If you have questions about child support in New Jersey, contact our firm today.
Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.