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Child support in New Jersey: What fathers need to know

Usually (but not always) it's a man who will pay to support his children after a divorce if the mother is a custodial parent. New Jersey fathers who pay child support should be aware of the laws that govern that support. Both parents are financially responsible for their children, and parents who share joint custody of their kids have child support calculated by the court based on the percentage of each person's income and the time each parent has physical custody. 

The truth about the child support system

Parents in New Jersey and throughout the country may not like the idea of paying child support. For some individuals, they are an attempt by their former spouses to extort them. However, child support payments should be viewed as an attempt to provide help for children who need both parents in their lives. Generally speaking, a parent has an opportunity to show how much he or she can afford to pay.

Child support is usually modifiable

New Jersey residents may be interested in knowing about some of the issues that are considered when it comes to modifying child support. When determining where the children will live, how the kids' time will be divided between their parents and if one person will need to pay child support, the courts consider the circumstances of each family. They have quite a bit of leeway since most child support solutions are not one-size-fits-all.

Rules surrounding child support

Many parents in New Jersey find the rules surrounding child support payments to be confusing, especially when it concerns the termination of said payments. These noncustodial parents aren't sure whether they are still obligated to meet their court-mandated financial duties if they are denied visitation. There's also a lot of uncertainty about what happens in the event that the child doesn't want to receive money from the parent.

Enforcing child support payment

Even though the court may decide that a non-custodial parent is responsible for paying child support, it is not always the case that parents come through on their financial obligations. Fortunately, the Child Support Agency in New Jersey has several tools at its disposal, all of which have the power to compel the delinquent parent to pay what they owe. Furthermore, the state of New Jersey keeps a digital record of all the child support payments due along with the ones that have been paid.

A basic guide for child support

When one parent gives money to another parent in order to promote the general health and welfare of their children, it's called child support. In most situations, support is paid by the parent who does not have custody or only has limited custody or visitation. Laws that affect child support can be different in New Jersey than they are in other states, so it's important for parents to be educated about the rules in their jurisdictions.

How does DNA testing affect child support cases?

New Jersey parents who are involved in child support disputes might need to seek a DNA test to confirm paternity. DNA testing to establish paternity has become very common in child support cases as the results it yields are accurate to up to 99.99 percent. Results could be used to relieve a man of support responsibility or confirm that he needs to be financially responsible for the child.

Do parents who share joint custody pay child support?

Many parents in New Jersey share joint custody of their children. Joint custody involves approximately equal parenting time and legal rights. Many parents are contemplating agreeing to share custody of their children wonder how child support works.

Try these 3 methods for working out a parenting plan

Working out a parenting plan can be difficult. You and your ex may not agree, and you might think that you have to go to court to ask a judge to make a ruling because of the difficulties you're running into. Spending time in court is the last thing you want to have to do. It's expensive and time-consuming, and there are many other options available. Try one of these three methods to come to a parenting plan agreement before you turn to a court for assistance.

19 is the New Age for Child Support Termination

In the past, children in New Jersey did not become emancipated for purposes of child support simply by reaching the age of 18. Rather, a child reaching 18 established prima facie evidence of emancipation, and it required further investigation to determine whether child support obligations should be terminated. In sum, there was no automatic termination of child support upon a child reaching a certain age. Governor Christie changed this on January 19th, 2016.

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