In New Jersey, both parents have a legal obligation to support their children financially. As a result, child support is taken very seriously. It is carefully calculated and can be legally enforced by the court if it is not paid. Generally, child support will be paid to the custodial parent by the non-custodial parent. The custodial parent has the child for more of the time, therefore spending more money on the child. Read on to learn about what expenses will be covered by child support in New Jersey.
What Expenses Are Covered By Child Support?
- Basic necessities: This refers to groceries, snacks, beverages, and other food items. Child support should also be used to purchase clothing, but notably, not all clothing is covered by child support. Additionally, child support coverage is meant to cover some expenses for the child’s shelter costs, including mortgage/rent, electricity, telephone, and utility bills.
- Medical care: Generally, the parent with better employee-covered benefits will cover the child’s health insurance.
- Educational fees: If a child attends a private school, child support may cover part of the tuition. But, public school comes with expenses as well, including uniforms, fees, textbooks, lunch money, and private tutors.
- Childcare: If one or both parents are unable to care for their child due to work-related issues, then child support may cover the costs of childcare expenses, including daycare services, babysitters, etc.
- Transportation: Travel is expensive, and it may be necessary when it comes to going from one parent’s house to another. This may include expenses like gas, car payments, bus tickets, and so on.
- Entertainment: Most courts agree that child support should cover entertainment, which may include at-home entertainment like games and internet access, as well as trips to places like movie theaters or amusement parks.
- Extracurricular activities: Many children partake in extracurricular activities year-round. These activities may include joining sports or organizations, which often require fees and/or travel.
- College expenses: Often, a parent will be required to contribute toward higher education, even if the child is of the age of emancipation.
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