New Jersey parents who are negotiating a child support agreement typically consider several different types of expenses. One category that should be addressed is that of uninsured medical expenses. These costs include medically necessary health care bills that are not covered under the child's insurance. These expenses may include dental or vision care bills, co-pays, deductibles and prescription costs.
Some New Jersey workers may be among the 7 percent nationwide whose wages are being garnished. While employees may have their wages garnished because of student loans, consumer debt or taxes, the most common reason for wage garnishment is child support. These were the conclusions of a study released by the ADP Research Institute on Sept. 27. Usually, a court order garnishes wages until a certain debt or obligation is paid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Jersey child support cases can be complicated, confusing and contentious. However, when both parties have a clear understanding of the child support system, misunderstandings can often be avoided.