Edison Child Support Attorneys
Representing NJ clients through child support issues
Parents in New Jersey are obligated to support their children. New Jersey has recently changed it’s child support laws, ending obligation at age 19. Accordingly, child support can extend beyond their 19th birthday, until they turn 23. Once a child turns 19 or becomes financially independent, a parent may be able to file papers to declare their child emancipated, terminating the support. Until then, both parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children and the state has the authority to order parents to follow a support structure that is fair and just to both and satisfies the needs of the children. The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines largely determine a functioning child support structure. When faced with child support issues, it is always in your best interests to speak with an attorney. If you are unsure about your legal rights or need quality representation in a child support issue, contact the Law Office of Omar K. Qadeer, PC.
The New Jersey child support guidelines
When children are involved in a divorce, parents will have to address the topic of child support. There are many factors that go into deciding child support and courts will work to find a fair and just structure that helps ensure the least impact on the child’s life through the New Jersey child support guidelines.
When a court reviews factors related to child support, they will follow the New Jersey child support guidelines that will consider some issues about the family. These may include:
- The financial status of each party
- The child custody structure
- Each party’s earning capacity
- Work history of each parent
- Income, debt, and assets
According to a fair and just child support structure, parenting time will always have a major factor on child support. If one parent has the child more of the time, they are spending more money to take care of the child and the court will adjust the structure accordingly. Some factors related to the child include education, age and health, and the cost of providing for the child, including daycare. If the child has special needs, the court will adjust the child support structure to cover the rise in cost to take care of the everyday needs.
Shared parenting guidelines
In some fortunate circumstances, parents are able to work together and share their parenting time. According to New Jersey, “shared parenting” is when a child spends 2 or more nights per week or over 104 nights per year with the non-custodial parent. Though difficult for some parents, when it works, the state may use the Shared Parenting Guidelines to determine child support. In most cases, when using a shared parenting worksheet, having representation is in your best interests. Though parents may agree on a child support structure, a court may reject the structure when acting in the best interests of the child.
Contact a Middlesex County attorney with your best interests in mind
The Law Office of Omar K. Qadeer, PC has worked with individuals and families who face child support issues for many years. We have the experience NJ clients look for when addressing such a complicated topic. Our compassionate law firm is ready to guide you towards a better situation through committed and effective representation. If you are in need of our legal services, contact the Law Office of Omar K. Qadeer, PC.