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Are there rules regarding the use of child support?

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2024 | Child Support

Child support in New Jersey is supposed to help the custodial parent take care of the day-to-day needs of their children. Child support orders are put into place to ensure that both parents are financially contributing to the care of their children. In some cases, a couple may be able to agree on a child support amount, but if not, the courts will intervene. Once child support is ordered, the custodial parent can use those funds to pay for expenses required for their children to thrive. 

What can child support be used for? 

Child support is generally supposed to provide for the needs of the children in the same way they were provided for before the divorce. The parent receiving child support may use the funds for clothing, education, food, housing, extracurricular activities, sports, and more. There are very few restrictions on how the custodial parent can use the child support they receive.  

Child support may be adjusted if one parent’s financial situation changes significantly. Otherwise, children will usually continue to receive child support until they reach the age of 18 or graduate high school. In some cases, child support will be ordered to be paid until a child graduates from college. 

Legal help when negotiating child support 

Financial matters can often bring out the worst in people, especially when those matters are related to child support. New Jersey parents who are negotiating child support terms can benefit from working with a family law attorney. An attorney can provide one with information on their rights and responsibilities when it comes to child support.