New Jersey Child Support
Frequently Asked Questions: NJ Child Support & Custody
Our firm offers clear and straightforward answers to general frequently asked questions that are related to child support NJ case guidelines. The responses to these questions are for reference purposes and general awareness- they are not legal advice in any form.
How Much NJ Child Support Will I Pay?
Every NJ child support case is unique, so the child support amount will vary between cases. The child support NJ decision will be based on several factors that are set forth in the statute. The court has approved Child Support Guidelines which are used in cases where parental income is under a specific amount. The amount changes each year, but the court uses an approved worksheet which attorneys and courts use. The worksheet factors in the ages of the children, the number of children, health care expenses, and any other relevant figures. These factors contribute to the decision on how much support will be paid, thus vary from family to family.
Where Can I Find NJ Child Support Laws, Guidelines, and Worksheets?
There is a wealth of information with regards to NJ child support case guidelines on the website for the New Jersey Judiciary. You will find everything you need to know with regards to New Jersey child support case information.
Appendix IX in the guide for child support is a wonderful resource for child support laws and can help you understand the guidelines that are used for calculating child support.
Who Will Gain Custody of the Children?
In the eyes of the law, both parents have equal custody rights. However, the court renders a decision in line with the children’s best interests.
What Is Legal Custody?
Legal custody refers to the parent that has the right to make major life decisions on the children’s behalf.
What Is Physical Custody?
Physical custody refers to the parent that has custody of the children on any given day.
If Parents Share Custody, Does Someone Still Pay Child Support?
Yes, possibly. Shared custody does not negate the need to financially support your children. It may adjust the amount that should be paid, based on how much time is spent with each parent, as well as the income of each parents.
Can A Parent Refuse the Other Visitation Rights if They Have Failed to Pay Child Support?
No. Under the NJ child support case guidelines the parent must file a petition for contempt of court. If the child support is paid through probation, then probation will pursue enforcement.
When Is My Child Able to Choose Which Parent to Live With?
It all depends on the judge’s scrutiny, and the weight of certain factors uncovered during the fact finding. If the child is seen as mature enough to understand the weight of the situation their preference might be taken into consideration by the judge.