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Importance of DNA testing for paternity

Paternity is a critical issue when it comes to matters of child support and visitation for unmarried parents. If a man is not married to the mother of a child, then that man is not presumed to be the child's biological father. Additional legal steps must be taken to establish paternity. When it is disputed, a New Jersey court will often turn to DNA testing to establish paternity. DNA tests are a proven method, with accuracy rates above 99 percent. There are many reasons to establish paternity and request DNA testing.

Seeking a modification to a child support order

When New Jersey parents split, one parent will likely be responsible for paying a certain amount in child support each month. This child support can be used by the children's primary caregiver to provide shelter, food, clothing and even entertainment for the children in addition to helping with other every day expenses.

Child support benefits for children in New Jersey

When the parents of a child in New Jersey separate, it is very common that the person without custody will be obligated to pay child support. Child support can have direct benefits for children, including in terms of ensuring that kids have plenty of food, clothing and shelter. However, studies indicate that there are other benefits to children who have parents that pay child support.

About delinquent child support

New Jersey non-custodial parents who fail to make a child support payment will always have the obligation to make it. This will remain true even when the child for which the payment was intended becomes an adult. If a parent is late in making a payment, he or she is in arrears. Even after a child reaches the age of 18 years old, the legal orders for the payments that were due are still enforceable.

Will child support rule survive a Trump administration?

Prisoners in New Jersey and elsewhere across the nation could soon find relief from the possible need to address large child support balances following release from incarceration, but it is unclear just how long the pathway to such relief might be open. In the final days of the Obama administration, new rules have been issued that would ultimately allow some inmates to seek to lower the amount of their child support payments while in prison. Prior to the revamp, some states had policies in place that effectively blocked this action.

Prisoners and child support

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that the Obama administration is planning to change the rules regarding child support for non-custodial parents who are behind bars. According to the administration, these regulatory changes would help prevent ex-convicts from being stuck with crippling debt upon their release that may be difficult to overcome.

Rapper's ex seeks additional child support

New Jersey residents may have heard that the ex of rapper 50 Cent has requested additional child support for their 19-year-old son. Though in most cases, child support commitment ends when the child turns 18, in this case, financial support for 50 Cent's son will remain in place until he turns 21.

The federal tax implications of child support

A New Jersey parent who receives child support is not required to count it as taxable income, and the parent who makes a child support payment is not allowed to deduct it for tax purposes. In 2013, Americans owed $32.9 billion in child support while $22.5 billion was actually collected according to the U.S Census Bureau.