When calculating child support in a New Jersey Divorce, the Courts are obligated to take into consideration many statutory factors including but not limited to the income and the assets of both parents, the needs of the child, the age of the child, the health of the parties and the child.
Child support is primarily calculated by utilizing the Child Support Guidelines which have been established by the State Supreme Court. The child support guidelines represent the average amount that intact families spend on their children. When calculating child support, the guidelines allocate the costs between the parents of the children depending on various factors, including each parent's share of the combined income earned, the number of overnights each parent has with the children, alimony paid or received, as well as the health insurance costs of the children.
In New Jersey divorce Courts, the legal principle that remains paramount in child support cases is that the children are entitled to share in the current income of both parents. Courts also stress the fact that the children should not have to suffer from a financial perspective just because their parents decide to get a divorce.
The child support guidelines and the manner in which child support is calculated is a somewhat complex process. Should you have any questions about child support please call the divorce lawyers at the Villani and DeLuca law firm which has three convenient locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean County. All of the family law attorneys at the Villani and DeLuca law firm had clerkships out of law school with local Judges in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. As a result of this experience they all gained valuable insight as to what Judges do in calculating child support.