Parents in New Jersey may be understandably nervous about an upcoming child support hearing. Going through divorce or separation is hard enough, but when minor children are involved, there are more important considerations than the needs of the adults. While a child support hearing can be daunting, there are ways for each parent to prepare themselves so they know what to expect.
How child support works
Child support is generally provided to the custodial parent, the one the child resides with most often. The noncustodial parent is the one paying support and the amount of support is based on many factors. It’s important to remember that maintaining a good co-parenting relationship is almost always in the best interest of the children, no matter if it makes the parents uncomfortable or inconvenienced.
Parents can expect to provide information on their financial situation, housing and other important factors during the hearing. The courts will use this information, along with the custody arrangement, to determine child support amounts. These matters can usually be settled through mediation if the parents can agree amicably on a schedule and appropriate child support plan. Child support payments can be adjusted in the future if circumstances change for one or both parents.
Legal advice for child support
Children hold no blame in divorce proceedings, and they should not suffer just because the parents are no longer married. The noncustodial parent will usually be ordered to pay a predetermined amount of child support to the custodial parent. Both parents can benefit from seeking legal advice from an experienced family law attorney. Navigating court through such difficult times can be easier when one knows what to expect and when one is prepared with sound legal advice.