Child support begins when a couple is divorced or it can be established by the court between when a child was born out of wedlock. Support is a determined amount of financial obligation that is decided by the court system. It is based on various factors. But, when does child support end? Is there an exact time or age when a parent ceases to provide financial support for a child? The legal answer is yes. However, cases do exist where exceptions are made. Haber Silver Russoniello & Dunn has extensive experience helping clients with child support obligations. Contact our New Jersey Child Support Attorneys to schedule a consultation.
When does child support end?
Child support ends when the child is considered emancipated. In most cases, the child is considered emancipated when he or she turns 19. Prior to 2017, it was the age of 18. If the child is disabled, enrolled in school, or has particular medical needs and other considerations, this can vary. In most cases, for children enrolled in school, the support ends at the age of 23.
How is support determined?
In some cases, the parents can agree on the amount of support provided, but if they can’t, a judge will determine the support arrangement. The basis of the decision is the consideration of what is in the child’s best interest. The understanding is that the obligation and responsibility to provide financial support belong to both parents. It is their duty to provide what the child needs. Children are entitled to a share of the income of each parent. A divorce, or division between the parents should not result in any type of financial victimhood of the child. There is a goal of decreasing the impact of the divorce on the child. It is a serious and significant topic. A skillful law firm can help to navigate these waters.
What are the guidelines for child support?
The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines provide a sound structure for support. The basis of these guidelines is to ensure that child support obligations are met by both parents. There is a formula that takes into account the financial situations of the parents. Some of the considerations include the needs of the child, the custody agreement, the current standard of living, income, assets, age, the health of the children and parents, previous support orders, and debts.
Child support can be a highly emotional legal issue for parents. When navigating these affairs, it is helpful to have quality legal representation. If you need a well-established law firm with considerable child support experience, contact Haber Silver Russoniello & Dunn for a consultation today.