In New Jersey, courts calculate child support payments based on a predetermined set of guidelines. Specifically, these guidelines take into account the incomes of both parents as well as the number of children involved, and then proportionally split financial responsibility between the parents.

One of the most important factors to consider when determining child support is the child custody arrangement currently in place. In fact, your custody arrangement determines which child support worksheet you need to complete under the guidelines ― either the sole parenting worksheet or the shared parenting worksheet.

For instance, in a sole-parenting situation, the custodial parent will typically receive larger child support payments since the court presumes he or she is already bearing the larger financial burden when it comes to the child. Usually, you will use the sole parenting worksheet if one parent has physical custody while the other has less than two overnights of parenting time each week. Conversely, if each parent has the child for two or more overnights each week, you will likely need to complete the shared parenting worksheet instead.

As you can imagine, New Jersey child support guidelines can be quite complex and difficult to understand, especially if you do not have legal guidance. At DiRienzo, DiRienzo & Dulinski, P.A., we recognize the pressure of having to deal with child-related legal issues, including child support, and we are here to help. We will walk you through the child support guidelines and help ensure the court considers all relevant factors when assessing child support obligations.

Contact DiRienzo, DiRienzo & Dulinski, P.A., today and schedule your FREE consultation with an experienced child support attorney. You can reach us online or by calling 908-233-6700. While our office is located in Westfield, we serve clients throughout New Jersey, including those living in Union, Middlesex and Essex counties. We welcome the chance to help you in your time of need.

Child Support Modifications

One thing to keep in mind when dealing with child support in New Jersey is that support orders are not set in stone. In fact, New Jersey law recognizes that as years go by, situations change, and therefore child support may need to change as well.

However, before a court will grant a child support modification, you typically must show a significant or material change in circumstances. For instance, if either parent's income changes substantially, either up or down, a modification may be warranted. However, every situation is different, which is why it is best to speak to a lawyer if you have any questions.