Jersey City Child Support Attorney

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Child support may seem like a daunting family legal matter, but remember that its main purpose at the end of the day is to support your child. Attorney Santo V. Artusa, Jr., Esq. has been guiding families through the legal system for 11 years, and he knows how to navigate New Jersey’s family court system. Further, he has gone through the process himself on a personal level, and as a father of two children he deeply understands the importance of maintaining the parent-child relationship.

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As an experienced Jersey City child support lawyer, Attorney Artusa, Jr. knows the best methods for handling child support matters, from calculating the amount to making sure you pay the accurate amount (and not overpay). If you have a child support case or seek to file one in the Jersey City area, do not hesitate to contact Artusa Law Firm PC for legal assistance immediately.

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Factors for Calculating Child Support in New Jersey

The amount to be paid or received for child support orders in New Jersey is not a simple percentage to calculate. The decision is guided by an examination of numerous factors relevant to both parents’ income and ability to support the child. Attorney Artusa, Jr. has years of experience helping New Jersey clients with child support calculations and has an efficient approach for helping you with your estimates. He will go over key inputs that are used in the New Jersey child support guidelines with you and even how to avoid Child Support Enforcement Hearings. 

To calculate child support, you must first know who the custodial parent is, as well as who should receive and who should pay support. Typically, the parent who has more overnights is considered the custodial parent and the person who will receive child support from the other parent. After determining these roles, we will take the following steps:

  1. Look at each parent's income or potential income per week.
  2. Look at the taxes to be paid, Social Security, number of deductions, filing status.
  3. Examine the work-related childcare payments that must be made so that the custodial parent can work.
  4. Calculate the child’s healthcare costs.
  5. Calculate any mandatory union dues.
  6. Count the number of overnights per year (parenting time) that the parents will have with the child to determine whether to use a sole or shared parenting worksheet.
  7. Consider if the non-custodial parent has any other children that they are financially responsible for.
  8. If any amount is owed since the filing, add the arrears weekly until they are paid off.

The above are the most critical factors under the New Jersey Court Rules for Guideline Calculations. The hearing officer or the family court judge will have the final authority to determine the exact amount, which can be adjusted upwards or downwards from the proposed amount based on certain circumstances. 

Enforcement and Modification

To ensure that a parent pays the child support they are obligated to, the court utilizes various methods, including enforcement hearings. To avoid these hearings, it is best to pay at least something, even when you cannot pay the whole amount due to financial hardship. In such a situation where you have experienced a change in financial circumstances, you may file a request for modification with the court so that the arrears do not pile up and warrant arrest. Note that the court will grant a modification only if the parent shows a substantial change in circumstances that directly affects their ability to pay (or the child’s needs). 

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