Child Support Attorneys
Custodial and Non-Custodial Parents
In New Jersey, child support is the responsibility of both parents. Regardless of their living situation or relationship, both parents are expected to provide the financial, medical and educational support needed by their child or children until the court orders it to stop or the child(ren) are emancipated. In every child support case, there is the custodial parent, the parent who lives with the child and has the primary day-to-day responsibility. This is the parent who receives the child support. The other parent is called the non-custodial parent and is also involved in the child’s life and pays the child support.
New Jersey’s Child Support Guidelines
Obermayer’s Camden County child support attorneys are fully knowledgeable of New Jersey’s established child support guidelines that provide predictability to the parents so they know what amount to expect to receive or pay. In facts, the state has developed software that courts and lawyers can use to estimate child support. Obermayer’s Camden County child support attorneys have this software so they can easily calculate estimated child support.
Factors That Are Considered
There are major factors that the courts consider when determining child support. They are:
- The income of both of the parents.
- The number of overnights the child(ren) spends with each parent.
- Which parent is paying the child’s health insurance?
- Does the child need childcare? If so, which parent pays?
There are other minor factors that the court takes into consideration and they include:
- The age of the child when the support is calculated.
- Does one of the parents have another child from another relationship that he or she has to support or other dependent deduction?
There are some circumstances when the court will deviate from the child support guideline. Such circumstances are:
- If the child is away at college. The court may look at the actual needs of the child
- If the family is a high income family. Courts may not think it’s appropriate to use the guidelines and may give above the guidelines.
- If a parent has significant commuting expenses to visit the child.
- If the child has extraordinary expenses.
New Jersey is one of a few states that require both parents contribute to their child’s college tuition.
Counsel and Representation from Obermayer’s Child Support Attorneys
When going through a divorce it can be particularly difficult for parents to come with financial plans for taking care of their children. It is very important that you get a lawyer who knows the laws in New Jersey and its courts at the county level. The attorneys in Obermayer’s family law group provide counseling and representation on the following areas of child support:
- Child Support Calculations
- Child Emancipation
- Child Support Modification and Changes
- Child Support Enforcement
From our Cherry Hill, New Jersey office, our Camden County child custody attorneys counsel and represent clients who primarily reside in Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, Ocean County and Atlantic County in towns such as Voorhees, Moorestown, Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Medford, Cape May, to name a few.
The group produces a weekly blog, Obermayer Family Matters (www.obermayerfamilymatters.com) which is an on-line resource covering timely news and information about all issues relating to divorce and custody issues. The blog has gotten national recognition.