This guide focuses on child custody issues in New Jersey. The importance of seeking joint legal custody and seeking the most parenting time possible.
Sole vs. Shared Parenting Time
The child support guidelines in New Jersey use either a sole parenting worksheet or shared. A sole parenting worksheet is used when then is limited parenting time such as every other weekend or less. Shared parenting time is when the non-custodial parent has extensive parenting time or at least two overnights per week or 104 overnights per year (extended vacation time usually does not count). The reason for this is with more parenting time, the higher your costs are to take care of that child or children.It is important to try to get as much parenting time as you can from the start of the case and not for the sole purpose of child support but because it is very important for both parents to be involved in the children's lives from the start of the separation.
Child Support Guidelines
In New Jersey, the child support amount is not solely based on the non-custodial (paying) parent's income. Child support in New Jersey is based on several factors including but not limited to: your income, the custodial parent's income, alimony paid if any, other dependents you may have and take care of, amount of overnight parenting time, the cost of daycare, and the cost of health insurance. Deviations can be made from what the guidelines calculate but there must be good reason for that and a Judge must approve.