After a divorce, child custody and support are two important issues. New Jersey parents who are the noncustodial parent make payments to assist the custodial parent with the costs of raising their child. In New Jersey, these payments continue until the child is 18 years old. The exception is if a child has a physical or mental condition that requires extra support or if a child is still in high school after the age of 18. The question that many parents ask, however, is what expenses are included in child support?

According to the NJ courts, child support covers necessities and maintains a certain lifestyle. Housing costs are included. This included maintenance fees on the home and furniture, laundry or other supplies that help the family run the home. In addition, food expenses are included in the child support payments. This includes any food purchased outside of the home and for the home. The payments include most of the child’s clothing. This includes uniforms and alterations. However, it does not include special footwear for sports.

Any fees and costs associated with transportation are also included in the costs. In addition to necessities like food, shelter and healthcare, the child support order includes entertainment fees. This includes memberships, sports, recreational events, toys, pets and other hobbies that a child might have. In addition to the basic child support obligation, the court can add on other expenses. For instance, if your child attends private school, they may calculate those fees into the support.

The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be used as legal advice.