Monmouth County Child Support Attorney
How New Jersey Courts Calculate Child Support
The New Jersey courts use an income shares model to determine support orders. The courts will determine the total support amount that the parents would spend on a child in an intact family unit and will then split this amount proportionately between parents based on their incomes.
Normally, the court calculates this amount based on the information included in either the sole parenting worksheet or shared parenting worksheets issued by the New Jersey courts. The court system requires that these worksheets be used in child support cases in which a parent seeks to establish or modify child support orders.
These calculations can be fairly complicated. When the court calculates gross income for child support, it normally factors in all income, bonuses, interest income, rent, workers' compensation or unemployment insurance benefits, pensions, as well as all curable deductions.
What Happens if You Don't Pay Child Support?
Not paying child support is a serious issue. Child support that is not paid results in an arrearage. The spouse collecting the support can request an enforcement hearing. The court can take drastic measures if deemed necessary, to ensure child support is paid.
Some of the penalties for failing to pay child support include:
- Revoked or suspended driver's license
- Arrearage reports sent to credit bureaus to damage your credit score
- Court-imposed real estate liens
Assisting Monmouth County Clients With Child Support Matters
Whether you are requesting child support or have been asked to pay it and would prefer not to, contact a divorce lawyer at our family law firm in Monmouth County. Our child support lawyers serving Monmouth County will work to assist you with your case.
Don't hesitate to call The Law Office of Darren C. O'Toole, LLC to get started with your petition regarding child support!