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How is child support payment enforced?

Child support is an extremely important area of family law that is designed to ensure that children are able to maintain the same or nearly the same quality of life after a divorce that they became accustomed to before the divorce. Many factors go into determining what is considered a fair amount of child support, including the income of the parent paying child support and the amount of time that a parent can spend with the child directly.

Two NJ residents wanted for failure to pay child support

When it comes to child support, there are many considerations that the courts must look at in order to determine a payment that is fair to both parties. Only with assistance from the divorcing couple and their attorneys can the courts gain a clear enough picture of both individuals' life circumstances, which is important in determining a fair payment. Unfortunately, these payments are still not always fair, but individuals are encouraged to remember that a child support order is a legal mandate, and must be followed.

What you should know about child support

Child support is without a doubt one of the most contentious issues in divorce cases, often as highly contested as custody issues. One unfortunate side effect of this tension is that many parents argue about child support even after a support order has been established by the courts. Understanding how child support orders are determined and what the state and courts do to enforce these child support orders can help parents avoid legal hassles in the future.

Failing to pay child support is a crime

Child support is almost always a contentious issue in divorce, with parties disagreeing on whether or not the payment is fair. Understandably, the parent paying the child support usually feels that they should not have to give up their hard-earned money, and the parent receiving the child support often struggles to make ends meet even with the financial assistance. Unfortunately, some people who feel that their money is theirs simply decide to stop paying their child support.

Child support nonpayment and Social Security benefits

New Jersey courts approach child support cases with the belief that both parents should share financial responsibility in the child's upbringing. A key philosophy behind a child support order issued as part of a divorce decree is that children should be able to live in a manner similar to what they would have enjoyed if their parents had remained together.

Child support issues and gender differences

New Jersey parents may face challenges when child support is owed but not payed. However, the issue of deadbeat parents is more commonly perceived as a problem involving fathers who fail to support their children. With more than 18 percent of custodial parents being fathers in 2011, statistics indicate that deadbeat moms could be a problem as well.

What child support covers in New Jersey

Child support may be ordered by a New Jersey court in amounts designed to cover a number of things beyond the basic needs of a child. Many parents have mistaken beliefs that child support is in place simply to provide for such things as food and clothing for the child, but child support can be used for far more things.

New Jersey parents ordered to pay daughter's tuition

Some New Jersey parents may wonder if they are obligated to pay for their child's college education. This depends on whether the parents are divorced or not. The New Jersey Supreme Court in 1982 ruled that college might be considered something that is essential for a child's future, and divorced parents may be obligated to pay for their child's higher education.

How child support is determined in New Jersey

New Jersey courts use a set of statutory guidelines to inform them when they are making a determination regarding the amount of child support that should be paid. While judges do take into account the respective incomes of the parents, they also consider the anticipated custody arrangement as well as other factors in setting the final child support order.

Considerations for child support in New Jersey

Family law courts decide child support amounts based upon a range of factors that account for children's needs and what their parents can provide. Guidelines from the New Jersey Supreme Court outline the specific considerations that must be taken into account when awarding child support. Following the guidelines might lead to a simple resolution or a much more difficult process in cases with less common circumstances, such as when parents have children with multiple partners.

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