Does the Number of Children I Have Impact Child Support Payments?

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When you and your spouse or partner have a child, you are committing to financially support them. As such, if you divorce or break up, understanding your child support obligation is critical. It’s important to understand that many factors influence how the courts determine your child support payments, including how many children you have. The following blog explores this element in further detail and explores why you should connect with New Jersey child support attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances.

How Are Child Support Payments Calculated?

If you have a child with someone and are no longer together, it’s essential to understand the factors the courts will consider when determining how much child support payments are. Generally, the courts will consider the following when ordering monthly payments:

  • Each parent’s income
  • Whether there is shared custody
  • How much parenting time the non-custodial parent has
  • The earning capacity of each child
  • How many children are included
  • Any other factors the court deems relevant

Generally, your child support payments will also reflect the standard of living your children were accustomed to during the time you and their other parent were together.

If I Have Another Child, Will It Impact Payments?

It’s important to understand that if you are currently paying child support for children you share with an ex, and you welcome a new baby into the world with a new partner, your child support payments can change. This is because the courts recognize that your new child deserves financial support as well.

As a result, you may be able to petition the courts to modify your payments. They can lower the amount you pay to your ex-spouse for your children so you can financially support your new baby. If you want a modification, you’ll first need to file a motion with the court to modify your payments. Additionally, you’ll need to file evidence proving that your needs have changed and that a reduction in child support is warranted.

How Can an Experienced Attorney Help Me?

Child custody matters can be incredibly complex, as no two orders are the same. Due to the nature of these payments, ensuring you connect with an experienced attorney as soon as possible is critical to ensure you are making fair payments. Additionally, if you need to request a modification through the courts, having legal representation can help give you the best chance of being granted this request.

When you need assistance navigating the complexities of child support, Haber Silver Russoniello & Dunn can help. We know how overwhelming this process can be, which is why we are dedicated to helping you handle these matters. Contact our team today to discuss your circumstances in further detail with a member of our dedicated legal team.