Child support refers to payments made from one parent to another to provide financial support for a child. Child support payments are generally made to the parent with legal and/or physical custody of the child, but either parent is able to request support.
Child support payments are intended to cover the child’s:
Child custody and parenting negotiations have a tendency to lead to contentious divorce disputes. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Cindy Ramjattan-Paul, P.C. strive to find peaceful and favorable resolutions through mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
New Jersey uses what’s known as the Income Shares Method in calculating child support. What this means is that the court bases the child support award on both parents’ income, using a percentage of the total combined income to determine each parent’s share of the child support amount.
There are a number of deductions the guidelines address, such as mandatory retirement contributions, federal, state and local income tax withholding, and mandatory union dues. There are also certain expenditures the court must take into account, for example work-related child care expenses, and health care costs.
If a judge believes that the child support guidelines might not be appropriate in a particular case, the law allows the judge to deviate from the guidelines. A few of the factors a court may consider in deciding whether deviation from the guidelines is warranted are:
If the court deviates from the guidelines when calculating child support, it must put the reasons for the deviation in writing, along with a notation of the amount of support called for by the guidelines before the judge adjusted that amount.
The best interest of the child is of paramount importance when a judge is deciding whether to
deviate from the guidelines.
At the Law Offices of Cindy Ramjattan-Paul, P.C., we understand that your child support case can have a significant impact on you and your family’s future. These matters are sensitive and require the compassionate care of a skilled family law attorney in New Jersey. Our team is prepared to represent your best interests with your child’s needs in mind.
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