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Stutzke Law is a boutique family, employment, estate planning, and commercial litigation practice with dual offices located in Parlin and Freehold, New Jersey.

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The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines – The Nuts and Bolts

nj child supportIn New Jersey, child support is set pursuant to what is known as the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. Generally speaking, the Court is mandated to use these Guidelines in setting an award of support for a minor child, as the right to support belongs to the minor and is not considered subject to “waiver” by the parent. While a deviation from the Guidelines is sometimes appropriate, the reasons for the deviation are typically placed on the record, with a copy of the Guidelines-based award being attached to the divorce decree for purposes of transparency.

The main factors influencing a support award are the respective parents’ weekly gross incomes (inclusive of any alimony received or paid), and the number of overnights each parent has with the child per year. The cost of work-related child-care, including before and after care and summer camp, may be added directly into the child support award. The party paying for the child’s medical insurance costs will also receive a credit for the weekly cost of carrying the child on his or her policy. Where child support is initially set for a child age 12 or older, the Guidelines are automatically adjusted upward to account for the award being set at a child’s advanced age. There likewise exists a credit for a parent paying mandatory union dues, and a parent having other dependent children from another relationship. The latter is known as the “other dependent deduction”.

Notably, the “basic” child support award does not cover all expenses associated with minor children. Other expenses, known as “extraordinary expenses”, are typically paid for separately and on a “pro rata” basis. This includes but is not limited to unreimbursed medical expenses and certain extra-curricular activities. Additional considerations will apply for college-aged children.

The Stutzke Law philosophy is that trust is the bedrock of all successful attorney-client relationships. At The offices of Stutzke Law your problems become our problems. We understand that losing a business, job or a marriage is quite possibly one of the most devastating and demanding times in a person's life. To that end, we strive to be sensitive to the financial and emotional needs of each and every one of our clients. We are more than prepared to see you through these tough times as not only a counselor but as a close friend. Working from a framework of mutual trust, communication, and cooperation, it is our prerogative to handle your case in a responsive, thorough and dedicated manner from start to finish.
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