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Child support payments vary depending on locale

Most parents, even when they decide not to have a relationship with one another, only want what is best for their children. Whether the two parents decide to get a divorce or were never married in the first place, it is imperative that the needs of any shared children are put first. One of the ways to do that is for a non-custodial parent to pay child support to a custodial parent. New Jersey families may be interested in a recent study that found that child support payments can vary widely across the nation.

Parents in different states with similar income levels and circumstances can pay significantly different levels of child support. One of the highest rates in the country is nearly $1200 per month, and one of the lowest is around $400 per month. The average child support payment in New Jersey is $424 a month. This is significantly below the national average of $721.

The discrepancy in child support payments across the country doesn't seem to be tied to a reason that researchers have yet found. It doesn't seem to be tied to the cost of living in a certain area or a state's political leanings. Though New Jersey is one of the five most expensive states to live in, it has one of the lowest average rates of child support payments. Researchers say that some states can account for the difference because they fail to take the mother's income into account in their child support formulas. New Jersey is not one of those states.

Whatever the reason, it is imperative that parents have the ability to care for their children. If any parent here in New Jersey is struggling to make or receive child support payments, an experienced family law attorney can help. The agreement needs to consider several variables to ensure that children receive proper care.

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