Children in New Jersey have many needs as they grow up and its their parent's responsibility to provide for those needs. Providing for these needs cost money though. Parents are expected to provide these finances and this is true whether they are together or divorced. However, in order to ensure that both parents continue to provide for their children's financials needs after a divorce, child support orders are usually put in place.
Child support orders require one parent to provide monthly payments to the other parent which are suppose to used to provide basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter, but also include medical insurance premiums, child care expenses, travel expenses for visitation, education and other basic needs. The exact amount that people is determined by a number of factors based on the circumstances of the family.
Factors used to determine child support
First the child support guidelines use each parent's income, which can include many different ways that the people receive money. Social security benefits are also used. Both parents are also expected to contribute to the medical insurance premiums. Day care expenses are also added to the child support obligation. The amount of care that each parent provides for the children is also factored into the child support obligation.
Child support obligations in New Jersey are very fact-specific as the amounts that parents earn, pay different amounts for medical insurance, have different living arrangements and other unique circumstances which affect the child support obligation. It is important to understand how these factors will be used when determining child support. Consulting with an experienced attorney could be beneficial to ensure parents are paying the proper amount of child support each month.