Nearly every parent in New Jersey understands the need to provide for his or her children emotionally, physically and financially regardless of the status of his or her relationship with the other parent. Whether you are getting a divorce, establishing paternity or modifying an existing child support order, the guidelines outlined in state law may only be a starting point in your circumstances. Numerous factors may warrant a deviation from those guidelines in order to best provide for your children.
In some cases, the needs of a child can greatly influence the amount of support a parent is required to pay. Some children have health conditions, physical impairments or disabilities. The costs associated with caring for such a child are often high, and the amount of a parent's obligation is intended to reflect his or her contribution to that care.
Other cases involve how to determine an accurate income for one or both parents. New Jersey parents who are self-employed, underemployed or unemployed do not fit into the otherwise largely straightforward mathematical calculation used to determine child support. Questions regarding the treatment of bonuses and seasonal pay also need to be answered. Therefore, the court will need to review evidence provided by the parties in order to decide what amount of income will be used.
As you can see, the determination of child support is not always cut and dried. In order to ensure that the appropriate amount of support is ordered, an attorney familiar with the child support statutes should review your case. Doing so will increase your chances of ensuring that a child support order is as fair as possible to each parent and adequately provides for the children.