Understanding Child Support Calculation in New Jersey

Child support is a crucial aspect of divorce or separation cases involving children, and it’s important to understand how it is calculated. In New Jersey, child support is determined based on guidelines established by the state’s Child Support Guidelines, which take into account the income of both parents and the needs of the child. Here’s a brief overview of how child support is calculated in New Jersey.

  1. Income Calculation: The first step in calculating child support in New Jersey is determining the gross income of both parents. This includes salary, wages, commissions, bonuses, and other sources of income. If either parent is unemployed or underemployed, the court may impute income based on their earning potential.
  2. Deductions and Adjustments: After determining the gross income, certain deductions and adjustments are made, such as taxes, mandatory retirement contributions, and union dues.
  3. Combined Income: The combined income of both parents is calculated by adding their gross incomes after deductions and adjustments.
  4. Child Support Amount: The Child Support Guidelines provide a schedule that specifies the amount of child support based on the combined income and the number of children. The court then assigns a proportionate share of the child support obligation to each parent based on their respective incomes.
  5. Additional Expenses: In addition to basic child support, the court may also consider additional expenses, such as childcare costs, health insurance premiums, and educational expenses, when calculating child support.
  6. Deviations: The court may deviate from the Child Support Guidelines if there are exceptional circumstances, such as high medical expenses or special needs of the child.

It’s important to note that child support calculations in New Jersey are subject to review and modification based on changes in income, custody arrangements, or other relevant factors. It’s advisable to consult with a qualified family law attorney to ensure that child support calculations are accurately determined and that your rights and obligations are protected.

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About the Author


John Nachlinger is a co-founder and managing attorney of Netsquire, a family law firm focused on streamlining divorces through effective mediation, settlement drafting, and court filing assistance. As a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney and Qualified Mediator, John guides couples toward equitable agreements without the cost and stress of litigation.

Recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for over a decade, John’s client-focused approach aims to foster understanding during challenging transitions. With a background spanning top law journals, judicial clerkships, and boutique family law firms, John now applies his analytical skills to create workable solutions for all parties. His mediation services reshape the divorce journey by prioritizing compassion and compromise.

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