Family law and divorce proceedings can be complex and emotional, especially when children are involved. Child support is a critical component of these cases, and understanding the basics is essential for all parties. In this article, we will explore the key aspects of child support in New Jersey, including who pays it, how it is calculated, and how it can be modified. We will also discuss the duration of child support, consequences for non-payment, and enforcement of visitation rights. By the end of this article, you should have a solid understanding of child support in New Jersey and how it impacts families.
Question 1: What is child support, and who pays it?
Child support is money paid by one parent to the other parent to help cover the costs of raising a child. The parent who has the child the majority of the time (the custodial parent) typically receives child support payments from the other parent (the non-custodial parent). The purpose of child support is to ensure that both parents contribute to the child’s upbringing and that the child’s needs are met.
Question 2: How is child support calculated in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, child support is calculated using the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines take into account both parents’ incomes, the number of children, and other factors such as childcare costs and healthcare expenses. The guidelines are intended to provide a fair and consistent way of determining child support. Your attorney can help you determine the amount of child support you may be entitled to.
Question 3: How long does child support last?
Child support in New Jersey typically ends when the child reaches the age of 19 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as if the child has a disability or is still in school after the age of 19.
Question 4: Can child support be modified?
Yes, child support can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a job loss, a significant increase or decrease in income, or a change in the child’s needs. Either parent can request a modification of child support, and the court will consider the request based on the current circumstances. Your attorney can help you file a motion to modify child support.
Question 5: What happens if the non-custodial parent doesn’t pay child support?
If the non-custodial parent doesn’t pay child support, the custodial parent can file a motion to enforce child support. The court may then take action, such as garnishing the non-custodial parent’s wages, seizing assets, or suspending their driver’s license, to enforce the order.
Question 6: Can child support be paid directly to the child?
No, child support must be paid to the custodial parent. However, the custodial parent is required to use the child support payments to cover the costs of raising the child. Child support must be paid to the custodial parent or to the State of New Jersey if the custodial parent is receiving public assistance.
Question 7: What happens if the custodial parent refuses to allow visitation?
If the custodial parent refuses to allow visitation, the non-custodial parent can file a motion to enforce visitation. The court may then order the custodial parent to allow visitation or modify the custody arrangement.
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