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Skilled Guidance On New Jersey Child Support

In New Jersey, there are set guidelines for how much child support is to be paid. Recently, the length of time a parent is financially responsible for their child was extended to potentially include college-aged children.

At the Law Offices Of Michael P. McGuire LLC, we know that even with these guidelines in place, this process can be murky. We are here to guide you through the steps to ensure that your child receives the child support needed to maintain their lifestyle and well-being.

The Factors That Impact Child Support

The state guidelines are just that – guidelines. There may be compelling reasons to deviate slightly or significantly from the guidelines. We can help you assess whether a deviation is warranted. We can also assess when a modification to an existing child support plan is in order.

Every family has its own unique set of circumstances. While there are state guidelines that are almost always used to determine child support, there are also factors that affect how much is paid. These factors include:

  • What your child needs – (a special needs child will require different assistance)
  • Your child’s age and health
  • Your child’s specific educational needs
  • Each parent’s financial status, work history, education and earning capability
  • Your custody arrangement

Your parenting plan will impact the amount of child support that is required. For example, if your child spends the majority of the time with the other parent and parent incomes are similar, the parent who spends significantly less time with the child will likely pay child support. A child with special needs can also create a difference in the amount of support that is required.

What Does ‘Shared Parenting’ Mean?

If your child spends at least two overnights a week with you or more than 104 overnights per year, you can create a plan that more accurately addresses your child’s financial needs. We can work with you and the court to determine what is a reasonable amount of child support. As established New Jersey family law attorneys, we can assist with a wide spectrum of family law and divorce issues.

Get The Child Support Guidance You Need

We understand how important it is to you that your child support payments meet your child’s needs. We are here to offer guidance, counsel and representation to ensure that the needs of your child are the No. 1 priority. Call our Freehold office at 732-704-7331 to arrange a low-fee consultation. You can also reach our team via our online contact form. Se habla español.