According to New Jersey family law, child support is an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of a child’s care and support following the end of a marriage. Nationally, only about 41% of custodial parents receive their full allotment of child support and approximately $2.9 billion is owed to New Jersey’s children. Contrary to popular belief, both parents have an obligation to provide support to children of divorce or separation, not just the non-residential parent. And more misconceptions exist that child support should only cover a child’s bare necessities, such as food and clothing; but child support is actually meant to cover a broad range of costs, which may include school expenses, medical and extracurricular activities, etc. If you are having difficulty receiving or paying your monthly settlement, contact the NJ child support lawyers at Villani & DeLuca.
Experienced New Jersey Child Support Attorneys
Since 1996, Villani & DeLuca P.C. has been legally representing families in Ocean County and Monmouth County, New Jersey through child support issues. Child support can be an emotional and controversial topic for divorcing parents and since every case is unique, it is treated as such. Our family law and child support attorneys will help you through every step of this difficult and sensitive process. At Villani & DeLuca P.C., we help minimize the emotion and the worry that many parents have about child support agreements. We help our clients to understand the reasons behind the child support laws and ease these concerns. To schedule your complimentary initial consultation with one of our NJ child support lawyers, call 732-965-3350 or fill out the form on the right.
Understanding the Child Support Law in New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(a))
Child support is based on the policy that both parents are obliged to financially support their children, even when the children are not living with both parents. The law views the children as innocent bystanders after a relationship has ended, and as worthy of protection. As a result, the duty to pay child support is a continuous obligation that exists regardless of the marital status of the parents. The purpose of child support is to keep the child at the same standard of living as that of the supporting parent. Most people also don’t realize that in New Jersey, child support does not automatically end when a child reaches 18. Instead, in New Jersey, child support often continues until the child finishes college.
A number of important factors must be taken into consideration when determining New Jersey child support, which is why it is important that you have a New Jersey family law and child support attorney representing you and your child’s best interests.
Factors Taken into Consideration for New Jersey Child Support Include:
- Needs of the child;
- Standard of living and economic circumstances of each parent;
- All sources of income and assets of each parent;
- Earning ability of each parent, including educational background, training, employment skills, work experience, custodial responsibility for children including the cost of providing child care and the length of time and cost of each parent to obtain training or experience for appropriate employment;
- Need and capacity of the child for education, including higher education;
- Age and health of the child and each parent;
- Income, assets and earning ability of the child;
- Responsibility of the parents for the court-ordered support of others;
- Reasonable debts and liabilities of each child and parent; and
- Any other factors the court may deem relevant.
Enforcement of Child Support Orders
When a parent fails to pay child support, child support and the money owed becomes past due. This amount is called an arrearage and the paying parent will face legal consequences. The Child Support Program of the New Jersey Department of Labor can deduct child support payments from a paying parent’s unemployment or worker’s compensation benefits and send the payments directly to the parent that receives support on behalf of the child. Other consequences for not paying child support can be serious, including freezing and seizure of bank accounts, jail time, driver’s license revocation and more.
Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorney Today
If you are concerned about child support issues in your pending divorce, or if you need to modify your current support levels, contact an experienced family law attorney at Villani & DeLuca, we understand that divorce often means financial concerns for both parties. You have a right to demand that your former spouse carry his or her share of the burden of providing for your children’s needs. Our experienced family law attorneys help clients throughout Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey from our offices in Point Pleasant Beach and Freehold, NJ. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 732-965-3350; call today for a free consultation from our trusted attorneys in child support and family law. We’ll help you through it, one step at a time, and every step of the way.