As it turns out, if New Jersey’s Family Court orders you to pay child support, you must pay, even if you do not have visitation rights. You see, the noncustodial parent’s visitation rights, or lack thereof, are irrelevant in the Court’s calculation of child support. The only way to get out of paying child support is for a parent to surrender his or her parental rights. However, you should know that doing that also means that you no longer have any say in what the child does and you can’t request visitation rights. If you want to be involved in your child’s life at any point in the future, we would advise you against that course of action. Please read on, then contact an experienced Ocean County child support attorney to learn how New Jersey child support is calculated if you do not have visitation rights.
How does the New Jersey Family Court determine child support if you do not have visitation rights?
In light of the fact that the Family Court does not take your visitation arrangement, or lack thereof, into account, you should know what does factor into child support calculations. The factors the Family Court considers are as follows:
- The custody arrangement
- The needs of the child
- Need and capacity of the child for education, including higher education
- The standard of living of each parent
- Each parent’s financial situation
- Assets and liabilities of each parent
- Earning capacity of each parent
- Age and health of each parent
- Age and health of the child
If you want to retain your parental rights, you are left with only two options: Accept the status quo and pay what the Family Court ordered you to pay, or request a modification. If you select the latter option, you should reach out to a skilled Ocean County family law attorney to discuss your next steps.
How can a New Jersey child support lawyer help you if you have no visitation rights?
Before anything else, our seasoned family law attorney will aid you in asking for a modification of your child support arrangement. He or she will collect and present evidence proving that you have undergone a substantial, permanent and involuntary change in circumstances, which were not considered during the initial child support calculation. Please give us a call today, so our firm can help give you the best possible chance of success.
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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.