During a divorce, child support is one of the most important decisions to make. In New Jersey, both parents have a legal responsibility to support their children financially. So, how does child support work? Generally, child support will be paid to the parent with physical custody. Physical custody refers to the parent who has the child for the majority of the time. Because this is the child’s main residence, the parent will typically spend more on things like food, clothes, activities, etc. There are a number of different expenses that are covered by child support. Read on to learn more about child support in New Jersey.
How is Child Support Determined?
A New Jersey court takes child support very seriously. As a result, they will look at a number of different factors when it comes to determining child support payments. Some of the factors that will be considered include:
- 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
- Assets and liabilities of each parent
- Earning ability of each parent
- Age and health of each parent
- Age and health of the child
What Expenses are Covered by Child Support?
Each couple will have a different child support agreement depending upon their situation. But, generally, the following expenses will be covered by child support:
- Basic necessities
- Medical care
- Educational fees
- Extracurricular activities
- College expenses
It is best to contact a family law attorney for more information regarding what your child support will cover. For example, basic necessities include clothing, but not all types of clothing may be covered by child support. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child support agreement, reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled family law attorney. We are here to advocate for you and walk you through all of your family law matters, each step of the way.
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