Child Support – Financial Help for Your Children
In the state of New Jersey, child support is governed by statute and the application of child support guidelines. Anna-Maria Pittella will explain these guidelines to you and work with you to get the financial help your family needs.
Broadly, this is how child support works:
- Each parent’s income or imputed earnings are determined to calculate the child support payment. The two incomes are used in a formula to determine the child support payments for the number of children under 18 in a household. Depending on what each party earns, the child support would be paid on a proportional basis by each parent. The parent who does not live with the child would pay the proportional share of the computed amount to the other parent.
- An “imputed” figure may be determined if a parent is not working based on what a parent is capable of earning or has historically earned. For instance, if a parent was recently unemployed but has a history of earning $50,000 per year, that same amount may be used to determine how much child support should be paid.
- The child support guidelines do not apply to cases where a parent earns an amount of money over $187,200.00. Since in those cases the formulated support amount would not reflect the child’s lifestyle, an additional amount of child support would be crafted to address lifestyle.
- Child support can be paid directly to the other parent or through the Family Court Support System. Child support is only collected through the Family Court System until a child turns 19 unless proof is provided that the child continues in school. When a parent is not cooperative in paying child support, sometimes the only option is to file an application in court for a support order to be entered or enforced.
- Even though child support is based on a guideline, parents can deviate from that guideline and determine how they wish to meet the financial needs of their children.