As a noncustodial parent, there is a chance that you will need to pay child support. Child support is normally determined using the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. Keep in mind that both parents are responsible for contributing to their children’s needs and overall well-being. That’s why child support may be set, even though your child still sees both parents.
With child support, there are two ways to determine the monthly cost. One way is to decide on a support amount outside of court. The other is to go to the court and allow the judge to decide. If you have a contentious divorce, it may be difficult to come up with your own support amount, but it could be possible if you get the right assistance from your attorney. After all, it’s generally better for you, your spouse and your child if things can be tailored to your needs and decided between you, rather than relying on the wisdom of a judge who doesn’t really know any of you.
On the other hand, if you and your child’s other parent cannot agree, then the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines may be used by a judge to determine how much will be paid. You and the other parent will both be asked questions and need to report your incomes, health and other information to the court. The judge will then consider those factors and use the guidelines to come up with what they believe is a fair amount of child support.
If you need help with child support, you may want to speak with your attorney and find out more about your rights. Our website has more on child support and how it is decided.