Determining Child Support
When attempting to gauge how child support should be handled, the courts will always put children first. There are many factors that will determine what is in the best interests of the child. Some of these factors are as follows:
- Whether your child is currently employed with a steady income
- The standard of living has been before the divorce
- Economic Circumstances
- Needs of the child
- The age and health of parents
- How many children are currently living in your household
- You and your spouse’s earning capacity
Coverage Of Payments
Child support payments cover the basics like food and clothing. Be aware, the term “clothing” does not include things like specialized footwear for sports. However, registration fees for sports and other extracurriculars could be covered by child support entitlements.
Expenditures for lease payments, car payments and maintenance, and public transportation- several manners related to the cost of transportation- are covered under New Jersey’s Child Support Guidelines. Since child support payments also cover housing and healthcare, expenses like property taxes, home insurance, and mortgage payments are also covered.
Unpaid Child Support Resources
Both you and your former spouse must abide by whatever the New Jersey courts decide on the terms of your child support agreement. If you’re not receiving your child support payments, reach out to the Office of Child Support Services.
Making Modifications to Your Plan
Typical circumstances that may constitute a child support modification can include the following:
- Loss of home
- Serious illness or sustained a serious injury to a parent.
- Serious injury or contracted a medical condition affecting the child.
- Significant pay cut or loss of job
- A change in federal income tax laws
- One parent is now living with another person/has remarried
- A job promotion or has come into a large sum of money, via an inheritance or otherwise