When spouses divorce in New Jersey, a judge typically mandates the non-custodial parent to make support payments. Child support payments may cover many necessary expenses associated with raising a child. Without a court order, some parents might not cover the various costs or pay what they can afford. Others may be willing to make such payments but might not understand how a court arrives at support decisions.
Points about child support
Child support commonly covers food, clothing, and other essential elements of care. A court could also require the non-custodial parent – the parent the child does not primarily live with – to pay health insurance and educational costs. The court sets a specific monthly amount, and the non-custodial parent must abide by the decision and follow through with the payments on time.
Monthly child support amounts do not come from arbitrary decisions. The court examines the actual costs associated with raising one or more children. Also, expect the judge to review the non-custodial parent’s net worth, expenses and income.
Some issues with child support
Although a parent might wish to meet all financial obligations, problems could arise. A non-custodial parent could lose their job or suffer another financial hardship. In such instances, making full child support payments might become difficult. However, skipping payments without any explanation may lead to legal troubles. Wage and tax refund garnishments are possible, and some could face arrest for non-payment of child support.
A judge could lower the child support amount if the non-custodial parent suffers hardships. Filing a child support modification request with the court is necessary to initiate the action. Also, the custodial parent might file one to request an increase under certain circumstances.