Child Support & College Expenses
Securing financial support for your children
With so much at stake, you need attorneys with the experience necessary to handle child support and college expense issues. Jacobs Berger, LLC, offers that experience and the willingness to partner with you in order to make the best decisions for your financial future.
Child support ensures that each parent makes financial contributions toward a child’s expenses. In assessing the amount of a child support obligation, New Jersey courts determine how much child support is awarded by examining many different factors, such as:
- Income of each party, including bonuses, overtime, commissions, assets and income
- Age and number of children
- Custodial arrangement and parenting-time schedules
- Cost of child care
- Health care expenses for the child, including the cost of coverage and un-reimbursed expenses
- Other child support obligations and other credits for additional dependents
- Tax status, including deductions and filing
While New Jersey has implemented the use of state-mandated guidelines, there are many subtleties to using the guidelines that can drastically alter the resulting child support award/obligation. Depending on a family’s financial situation, child support obligations or awards may exceed the guideline calculations and require fact-specific legal analysis to determine appropriate support.
Child support is payable until emancipation of a child, which under New Jersey law is not determined solely by age. Instead, it is based on a variety of factors, including a child’s attendance at college.
Paying expenses in college
The rising cost of post-secondary education and the expenses associated are significant considerations for most New Jersey families when planning their financial future. This is especially true when divorce or dissolution of a relationship has caused divided finances.
The obligation of parents to contribute to post-secondary education (college), the amount of each parent’s contribution, the method or methods of contribution, and the type of expenses categorized as “college” expenses has evolved into a highly complex and highly litigated area in family law.
There are various cases in New Jersey that have set precedence for an analysis of whether a parent is obligated to contribute, and if so, the method for determining that parent’s financial ability to do so.
Secure your child’s financial stability with the help of our New Jersey child support attorneys
Jacobs Berger, LLC, represents families in child support matters, including initial calculation of child support obligations and college contribution and expenses, and support order modification and enforcement. We understand that financial issues concerning children, including ongoing support and prospective college contribution, can be emotionally stressful and difficult. Our team works with you to resolve these issues in the most practical manner possible, and we attempt to mitigate any negative effects.
Contact Jacobs Berger, LLC, to work with a knowledgeable child support lawyer in New Jersey
Jacobs Berger, LLC, is a legal practice devoted to litigation and mediation focusing on families. Reach out to our Morristown law office online or call 973-710-4366 to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers.