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How is Child Support Calculated?



In New Jersey, child support awards are determined under N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(a) and New Jersey Court Rule 5:6A.


N.J.S.A  2A:34-23(a)


N.J.S.A  2A:34-23(a) lists the factors that a court should consider in determining a child support award. They are:


(1) Needs of the child; 

(2) Standard of living and economic circumstances of each parent; 

(3) All sources of income and assets of each parent; 

(4) Earning ability of each parent, including educational background, training, employment skills, work experience, custodial responsibility for children including the cost of providing child care and the length of time and cost of each parent to obtain training or experience for appropriate employment;(5) Need and capacity of the child for education, including higher education; 

(6) Age and health of the child and each parent; 

(7) Income, assets and earning ability of the child; 

(8) Responsibility of the parents for the court-ordered support of others; 

(9) Reasonable debts and liabilities of each child and parent; and 

(10) Any other factors the court may deem relevant.


New Jersey Court Rule 5:6A

 New Jersey Court Rule 5:6A establishes the use of Child Support Guidelines (found in Appendix IX of the New Jersey Court Rules) in determining or modifying child support.    The Child Support Guidelines were developed to assist the court in the establishment and modification of fair and adequate child support awards.  The general idea behind the Guidelines is to attempt to simulate the percentage of income that is spent on children in intact families, meaning that children of a broken relationship should have access to the same opportunities that children in intact families have, with parents of similar financial means.


The courts use a computer program to calculate child support according to the Guidelines, which requires certain inputs.  Some of the inputs include, but are not limited to, income, age and number of children, and number of overnights with the parent of alternate residence.   To learn more about the Child Support Guidelines in New Jersey, you can visit the following page


Contact Toms River Child Support Attorney Jill Jedrusiak

This information regarding child support and the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines is just a general overview.  You should speak with an attorney regarding how the Guidelines apply to your own situation.  Attorney Jill Jedrusiak has experience using the Guidelines and can walk you through them.  Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation regarding your child support issue.  




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