3 mistakes to avoid when paying child support

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Parents going through divorce try their best to make decisions that are in the best interest of their children. Paying child support is one such decision. In New Jersey, different factors are considered when calculating child support. Examples include the income of both parents, taxes and deductions, combined net income and visitation or parenting time.

Thus, both parents pay child support in the state. The amount differs or can be split 50/50 if both parents earn an equal net income. Regardless of your determined amount, you should avoid these three mistakes to meet the needs of your kids seamlessly.

1. Not using the agreed payment method

The court will decide on the payment method(s) you will use when paying child support. If your agreement is held outside court, you and the other parent will decide. Ensure that you use the agreed method. Otherwise, a payment may not be counted, forcing you to pay twice.

2. Paying less than the determined amount

It will be best to pay your determined child support to avoid debts. If your income changes so that you can’t afford the said amount, inform your spouse and/or the court. This way, you can file a motion to modify your payment.

Contrarily, you should also report if your income increases. Not doing so may be considered hiding income and can get you into trouble.

3. Not paying child support

Not only can failing to pay child support lower the standard of living of your kids but also it can result in legal issues. If you can’t pay, report it. Avoiding payments without any communication is not wise.

Paying child support as agreed can help protect your kids from different struggles associated with divorce. However, ensure you get enough information and have a collaborative mindset to protect your rights.

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