Determining which parent owes child support and how much is not an easy or fixed calculation. It all depends on the personalized situations of the parents, as well as the state and child’s needs. Parents may agree on some inputs in the child support calculation and disagree on other aspects. Both parents should learn what information matters when determining the appropriate amount of child support for their child.
Factors to Consider When Determining Child Support
Depending on the parents’ circumstances, child support evens out the situation where one parent has more income available for the child than the other, or there may be circumstances where it is agreed that one parent will pay school tuition or a similar expense. The following are other factors to consider when determining child support:
- Determining the income of each parent: Income can originate from many different sources. For example, welfare benefits, government benefits, overtime, lottery winnings, and other money that the parent receives can be considered income when determining the appropriate amount of child support.
- Splitting the child support award: When both parents have a similar net income, they can split the amount of child support evenly. In most circumstances, usually one parent earns more than the other. Therefore, when looking at the entire family income, if one parent makes 60 percent of the income, then they would be responsible for 60 percent of the child support.
- The Combined Net Income Approach: After all the income in the family is accounted for after taxes and other deductions, the net income of the parents is then added together. There are a child support guidelines in New Jersey to assist families, their attorneys, and the court in determining what the appropriate amount of child support will be based on the parents’ combined net income.
- Parenting time adjustments: When parents have a plan regarding how much time the child will spend at each parent’s home, then this is also factored into the child support amount. A special deduction may be permitted to a parent who spends more time with their children since expenses will inevitably arise.
- Special deductions: Other special circumstances are considered, such as which parent pays for the child’s health care plan or other expenses associated with health and dental care. If the child has a disability, then this may become an even larger factor in the negotiations and determination. Any type of government benefits that the child may receive are deducted from the child support amount.
- Final Child Support Order: If your case goes before a judge, the judge can still change the child support award and deviate from the above methods if there is a good reason or extenuating circumstance that they believe influences the award.
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If you are going through a divorce and there are children in the family, contact the Burlington County child support lawyers at the Burnham Law Group, LLC to assist you throughout the divorce process. With offices in Marlton and Somers Point, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County, and Atlantic County. Contact us online or call us at 856-512-1461 for a free consultation today.