How Does New Jersey Calculate Child Support?

There are few things more important to divorcing co-parents than being able to support their children and ensure they grow up to live happy, fulfilling lives. One of the ways in which New Jersey courts seek to enforce this is through child support payments. If you live in New Jersey as a divorced co-parent and require child support payments, please read on and reach out to our experienced Bergen County family law attorneys to learn more about child support and how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do NJ courts determine child support payments?

New Jersey courts consider a wide variety of factors when determining child support payments, some of which are as follows:

  • The number of children you have living in your household
  • You and your spouse’s earning capacity
  • You and your spouse’s economic situation
  • Whether your child has any special needs
  • Whether your child has a job and/or a steady income
  • The standard of living before the divorce
  • You and your spouse’s age
  • You and your spouse’s health
  • Anything else that New Jersey courts wish to consider

What is covered under NJ child support?

Child support is designed to uphold your child’s needs and ensure you are financially capable of raising him/her. First, you should understand that child support payments will cover all basic needs, such as food and most clothing, however certain types of clothing are generally not covered in these agreements, such as specialized footwear for sports, for example.

Furthermore, child support should also uphold your child’s financial capability of attending and taking part in various recreational events or hobbies. The cost of transportation is also covered, which can include lease payments, car payments, the cost of public transportation and more. Many parents are also relieved to learn that child support payments also cover unreimbursed healthcare up to $250. Finally, child support payments should also account for housing and healthcare, so property taxes, home insurance, and mortgage payments should be covered. If you have any additional questions about child support in Bergen County, NJ, you know where to turn. Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark is here to help you through every step of the process to ensure you and your family’s rights are protected.

Contact our experienced Bergen County firm

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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