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Complex financial issues that may affect your child support order

Every parent has an obligation to financially support his or her children until they reach adulthood. When two parents do not live together or choose to end their marriage, the non-custodial parent will likely be required to pay support to the custodial parent for the care of the children.

New York and New Jersey parents know that child support is an important issue, and it is often the source of many divorce and custody-related disputes. It is important to only deal with support concerns with the help of an experienced divorce attorney. In some cases, there are complex issues that can affect how child support is calculated.

Unique issues that may affect your family

Child support calculations use a formula that considers the income of the parents, the number of children, custody arrangements, daycare costs and more. Occasionally, there are cases that could make the calculation of a fair child support amount difficult, such as:

  • One parent is a high-income earner: Child support should reflect the financial capabilities of both parents, but it should also be fair and reasonable.
  • Circumstances that could be grounds for deviations: Some situations require a deviation from the calculated support amount, such as a temporary job loss.
  • A child with special needs: If your child requires special care or has significant medical needs, the calculated amount adjusts to match the circumstances.

In New Jersey, overnight parenting time is a major factor when calculating child support. In New York, parenting time does not bear as much weight in calculations. Parents from either state would be wise to seek a complete understanding of their rights and options according to the laws of their state of residence.

Protecting your financial interests

As life changes, you may find yourself in new circumstances that are no longer congruent with the original support order. If more support is necessary or you cannot meet your financial obligations, it may be possible to secure a modification to the child support order.

Whether you are the custodial parent or you will be the parent paying child support, working with an experienced family law attorney is the best way to protect your rights and financial interests if there are special circumstances present that may impact the final child support order.

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