Child Support in New Jersey is usually paid weekly from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. The weekly amount is not a number pulled out of the air by a judge or a hearing officer, but is instead a number derived from a mathematical formula. This formula, known as the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines, uses numerous figures to arrive at the weekly child support obligation. The primary figures used are the weekly incomes of both parties and the number of overnight visits enjoyed by the non-custodial parent.
If you or the other parent have had a change of income, you may be able to lower your obligation or increase the amount you should receive. If it has been more than three years since your last recalculation, you may be entitled to a new calculation regardless of any change of incomes for either parent.
As a married couple, your child is on their own to pay for college. However, as a separated parent, the New Jersey court system may order you to pay for your child’s college. This creates many issues. Should you and the other parent pay the same amount or should one parent pay more? Should the child contribute anything towards their own college? What if the child can get financial aid? Should you have to pay for Rutgers or a much more expensive Ivy League school?
Unfortunately, there are many parents who no longer speak to their children on a regular basis. What impact does this have on the obligation to pay college expenses?
As you can see, there are a lot of issues with regard to college expenses in New Jersey. Due to the dynamic nature of families and constantly changing New Jersey law, a simple answer to the above questions is not always available. That is where the Law Office of Jennifer L. Marshall, LLC. comes in, we have represented clients who had these same questions and we have guided them through the process of making sure they aren’t paying more than they have to or not getting less than they should.
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