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Children are expensive. A 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture report on The Cost of Raising a Child estimated the average cost of raising a child at US$233,610 (excluding the annual cost of college). Housing, food, childcare and education costs, and transportation gulp approximately 80% of the total. Housing accounts for the largest share, followed by food, both taking up almost half of the estimated cost of raising a child. Children need a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. These are the basic minimum that parents must provide for their children. But, anyone who has or has raised a child knows that raising a physically and emotionally healthy child requires more than the basics. The responsibility of providing for the upbringing of children lies squarely on their parents’ shoulders. Both parents – whether they are still in a relationship or not. Nitti & Nitti has experience helping parents get financial support from their child’s other parent. We can help you too through the use of our Millburn child support lawyers.

Why Choose A Child Support Attorney From Nitti & Nitti?

  • For more than 30 years, New Jersey clients have trusted our family law lawyers with their concerns and other legal matters, and you can too.
  • Our goal is to help you resolve your concerns in an efficient and effective manner – without wasting your valuable time and money.
  • Our Managing Partner, Joseph Nitti, Esq., is a certified mediator and is also trained in collaborative law. Both of these options can streamline your divorce process and help you obtain timely results.

If you are looking for a child support attorney in Millburn, call us now at 973-226-4141 to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys.

Factors Considered in Child Support Cases

In any issue that concerns a child, the primary concern of the courts is always what is in the best interest of the child. Determining the amount and duration of child support is no different. To make a determination for child support, the courts will consider the following factors:

  • The needs of the child
  • The standard of living and economic circumstances of each parent
  • All sources of income and assets of each parent
  • The 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
  • The need and capacity of the child for education, including higher education
  • The age and health of the child and each parent
  • The income, assets, and earning ability of the child
  • The responsibility of the parents for the court-ordered support of others
  • Reasonable debts and liabilities of each child and parent
  • Any other factors the court may deem relevant

The obligation to pay child support is not automatically terminated when a child reaches a certain age. A child over the age of 18 who is in college may still need the financial support of their parents, for instance. Also, a child over the age of 18 may suffer from severe mental or physical personal injury that causes them to be financially dependent on their parents. In such cases, child support will continue until the court finds that the child is no longer financially dependent or incapacitated. The court will also consider the child’s eligibility for public assistance.

Can Child Support Obligations Be Modified?

The objective of the court is to make a fair and equitable child support order. However, there are some circumstances that may necessitate the modification of child support orders. Underemployment or voluntary unemployment of one party is one of such circumstances for which the courts will step in and modify an existing child support order. Each parent is expected to make a fair and equitable contribution to support their child.

Contact A Millburn Child Support Lawyer Today

If you have questions about child support orders or need help with a child support order, please call us at (973) 226-4141 or click here to schedule a free consultation with one of our child support attorneys.