New Jersey courts emphasize the importance of both parents financially supporting their child. If you have questions or concerns about child support payments, do not wait to reach out to our skilled New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more.
What is the age of emancipation in New Jersey?
In the state of New Jersey, the age of emancipation is usually 19 years old. In most cases, financial support ends when a child reaches the age of emancipation. It is essential to know that this age is not concrete and outside factors can add or subtract years of payment. There are many situations where a court will extend child support payments past the age of 19. For example, this may happen if your child chooses to pursue higher education and cannot support themselves until after they graduate.
Child support can also be terminated early. This can happen if your child is over the age of 18 and you are able to prove to the court that they are financially independent. If the court determines that your child is financially independent, they can be emancipated and support payments can end. Please be advised that support payments cannot terminate until it is ruled by a New Jersey court. If you fail to pay your court-ordered child support, you can face severe legal repercussions.
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What does the court consider when determining the amount of support payments?
Usually, child support payments are from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. New Jersey courts will consider a number of different factors when determining the amount and frequency of support payments. The factors include the following:
- You and your spouse’s earning capacity
- You and your spouse’s age and health
- The age and health of your child
- Whether your child has any special needs
- Whether your child is seeking higher education, such as college
- Whether you or your spouse have any liabilities
- You and your spouse’s standard of living
- You and your spouse’s yearly income
- The child custody arrangement you and your spouse currently have in place
- Your child’s needs
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