child support is calculated in New Jersey? There is no simple answer, as there are many
considerations that go into a decision. Since each case and each set of
circumstances is different, it is important to involve an attorney who
can help you figure out how much support is necessary in a particular case.
New Jersey family courts consider several factors when making a child custody
- The number of children that need support
- The child's needs
- The income of the non-custodial parent (actual or imputed)
- Costs of living for the custodial parent
- The standard of living that the child would have had if the parents had
Calculating Income for Child Support
Income calculations will be based on gross income, which is comprised of
wages, insurance, government distributions, disability, worker's comp,
earnings from investments, gambling winnings, inheritances, and any other
income that is not a welfare benefit. Even if the non-custodial parent
does not currently work, the calculation may be based on capability to
work, though the state has tried to make sure that child support payments
do not leave a parent underprivileged. Parents who purposely choose underemployment
or unemployment as a way to avoid child support payments may have income
imputed to them and will still be responsible for paying based on their
If the noncustodial parent has visitation rights, then the courts may deduct
a certain amount of money, depending on the amount of parenting time.
If a child spends more than 28% of his or her nights at the non-custodial
parent's house, then the courts will consider the case to be shared
Consult our Bergen County Child Custody Lawyer for More Information
Are you wondering how much child support you will be paying or receiving?
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