When a couple that has children makes the decision to get divorced, they will have to face a number of different obstacles that couples without children are not subject to. One of the matters that must be handled in divorce is child support. Typically, the noncustodial parent will be responsible for making child support payments from the time the order is set until the time the child becomes emancipated in the eyes of the court. New Jersey makes decisions on child support using a set of child support guidelines that consider a number of different factors, such as:
- The child’s standard of living prior to the divorce
- The specific needs of the children
- The age and health of each child and the parents
- The earning ability of the children, if they are old enough to work
- The number of children that the parent must pay support for
In New Jersey, parents are obligated to make child support payments until the child’s 19th birthday. However, if the child pursues higher education such as college or vocational school, the parent may be obligated to make child support payments until the child’s 23rd birthday. In some cases, the parent may actually have to make payments towards the child’s college expenses.
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