There are numerous reasons a parent may wish to stop paying child support. For example, you may feel that your child is financially independent and no longer needs this support. However, this is not for you to decide. Instead, it is up to a New Jersey court. Read on to learn more about terminating child support payments in New Jersey.
What factors does the court consider with child support in New Jersey?
In order to determine the amount and duration of child support payments, the court will consider some of the following factors:
- The child custody arrangement
- The needs of the child
- The age and health of each parent
- The age and health of the child
- The standard of living of each parent
- Both parents’ economic situations
- Assets and liabilities of each parent
- The child’s educational needs
When can I stop paying child support?
In New Jersey, you must continue paying child support until the child reaches the age of emancipation. In the state of New Jersey, this age is generally 19 years old. However, it is important to know that child support can be extended beyond this age, or terminated early, depending on the situation. For example, child support will typically be extended in the event that the child decides to pursue higher education. On the other hand, support may be terminated if you can prove that the child is financially independent and no longer requires support. In either case, it is important to discuss your options with an experienced family law attorney.
What if I refuse to pay child support?
Failing to pay court-ordered child support can land you in serious legal trouble. In New Jersey, the court may enforce support in the following ways:
- Find the other party in contempt of court which is a criminal offense
- Garnishing wages in order to secure payment
- Seizing property of the other party in order to sell the items to raise funds for child support payments
- Placing liens on owned properties in order to raise funds upon child support payments
- Work directly with banks to deduct funds directly from checking or savings accounts
If you have any questions or concerns about child support in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options with an experienced family law attorney.
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