Child Support

These are the ten factors the court will look at to determine whether child support is necessary and/or justified. Remember that the last factor basically opens the door to almost anything, so these factors are more for guidance than anything else. They are in no particular order. For more information look at N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23.

(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.

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