How Long Will I Have to Pay Child Support in New Jersey?

One of the most common questions that supporting parents have is when child support payments end. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more about child support in New Jersey, when child support ends, and how our firm can help you through every step of the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do New Jersey courts determine child support payments?

New Jersey courts will consider a wide array of factors when determining child support, though, not unlike child custody, they will primarily consider your child’s best interests. That being said, NJ courts will also consider you and your spouse’s yearly income, whether you have the potential to earn more, whether your child participates in any extracurricular activities, whether your child requires certain special services, and more.

When can I stop paying child support in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, child support automatically terminates when a child reaches the age of 19 years old. That being said, there are additional circumstances that may warrant termination of child support, including a child joining the military or a child getting married. However, in most cases, child support will simply end when a child reaches 19 years old.

Can my former spouse request an extension of child support?

If, however, your former spouse believes that there is reason to request a modification of child support to receive it for longer, depending on the circumstances, he or she may receive an extension on child support until the child reaches the age of 23. For example, as you know, college tuition costs are incredibly expensive, and if your child wishes to attend college, there is a very good chance that your former spouse may request an extension on child support. Additionally, if your child has special needs, your former spouse may also request an extension on child support on those grounds as well. The bottom line is that no matter your circumstances, if you are looking to terminate or extend child support, you must retain the services of a knowledgeable New Jersey family law attorney today. Our firm is here to help.

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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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