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New Jersey Child Support Factors

The court may award child support for the care, maintenance, and education of a child. The factors for consideration specified in the statute are: (1) the needs and liability of the child; (2) the standard of living and economic circumstances of both parents; (3) the financial resources, needs, and obligations of both the non-custodial and the custodial parent; (4) the earning ability of each parent, including educational background, training, employment skills, work experience, custodial responsibility for the children, cost of childcare, and the length and cost of education and training to obtain employment; (5) the need and capacity of the child for education, including higher education; (6) the age and health of the child and the parents; (7) the income, assets, and earning ability of the child; (8) the responsibility of the parents for the support of others; and (9) any other relevant factors. There are specific New Jersey Supreme Court child support guidelines contained in New Jersey Civil Practice Rules, Appendix IX. [New Jersey Statutes Annotated; Title 2A, Chapter 34-23].

New Jersey child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate New Jersey child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate New Jersey child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about New Jersey child support in the New Jersey state statutes located at: http://lis.njleg.state.nj.us/.