Changes to NJ Child Support Guidelines Would Reflect Tough Times

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Child support guidelines are an integral part of many New Jersey divorce proceedings involving children. The forms are completed by both parents and are considered by the court when establishing or modifying child support.

To ensure that they accurately reflect the costs of rearing children, federal law mandates that NJ child support guidelines be reviewed every four years. Not surprisingly, the latest round of changes takes the recent tough economic times into account, reflecting the economic reality that many families have been forced to get by with less.

New Jersey’s child support guidelines are based on the “Income Shares Model,” which considers both parents' incomes when determining support obligations. It also presumes the child to be entitled to the same amount of expenditures as when the parents were married. The expenses considered in the guidelines reflect national data on household expenditures collected by U.S. Department of Labor, known as the federal Consumer Expenditure Survey ("CEX").

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Published In: Constitutional Law Updates, Family Law Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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