Understanding how New Jersey determines child support payments

When you are trying to determine custody arrangements, you will likely also tackle the topic of child support. At Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law, we have a firm understanding of how New Jersey determines these payment amounts and strive to help families reach a solution that is in the best interest of the children involved.

According to the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines, a judge will look at a number of factors to determine child support payments, such as the following: 

  • How many children there are
  • How old the children are
  • Each parent’s income
  • Custody and parenting time
  • Other financial responsibilities, such as a spouse who is already paying support for another child

Judges follow a state guideline that takes the weekly gross income of each parent and subtracts any pre-existing child or spousal support payments as well as any medical insurance that is paid for the child. Alimony payments are considered part of the weekly gross income.

Comparing the weekly gross income with the number of children in the home, a judge can determine how much money per week should go to the custodial parent. The number can be adjusted based on items such as work-related child care, educational expenses or any outstanding medical expenses.

In situations in which parents share physical custody of a child, the equation may slightly differ. Fortunately, judges in New Jersey have some flexibility when determining child support, which gives you the opportunity to make a case for the amount you deem is appropriate.

For more information on this topic, please visit our page regarding support payments in New Jersey.

Date Published: February 7, 2017

Written by: Cooper Levenson, P.A.

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