NJ Child Support Negotiations: Finding the Middle Ground in Divorce

Divorce proceedings may have differences by state when it comes to statutes and procedures, but they are pretty much the same when it comes to the amount of conflict between divorcing parties. New Jersey is no exception to such situations. NJ child support cases, in particular, can be extremely heated when both parties have different opinions on what is just and fair. If you’re experiencing such an impasse, here are a few helpful tips on efficiently negotiating with your ex: Continue reading

Changes to Expect as NJ Divorce Lawyers Discuss Reforms to Alimony Law

The possibility of having to pay an ex-spouse alimony until the time of their death makes seeking a divorce a particularly tricky subject in the state of New Jersey. This quirk in New Jersey divorce laws is owed largely to the time when gender inequality was a more normal part of American culture and married women were expected to fill the role of loving, caring housewives. Continue reading

Expenses That May Be Added to the Basic Child Support Obligation?

Because some child-related expenses represent large or variable expenditures or are not incurred by typical intact families, it is not appropriate to include them in the Appendix IX-F basic child support awards.

If incurred in a particular case, certain expenses should be added to the basic support obligation.
The items listed below are not included in the Appendix IX-F child support awards:

Child-Care Expenses – The average cost of child care, including day camp in lieu of child care, is not factored into in the schedules. The net cost (after tax credits) of work-related child care should be added to the basic obligation if incurred.

Health Insurance for the Child – The parent’s marginal cost of adding a child to a health insurance premium is not included in the support schedules and should be added to the basic obligation if incurred.

 Predictable and Recurring Unreimbursed Health Care Expenses In Excess of $250 Per Child Per Year – Unreimbursed health-care expenses for a child in excess of $250 per child per year are not included in the schedules. Such expenses should be added to the basic obligation if they are predictable and recurring. Health-care expenses for a child that exceed $250 per child per year that are not predictable and recurring should be shared by the parents in proportion to their relative incomes as incurred (i.e., the sharing of these expenses should be addressed in the general language of the order or judgment). Health care costs that are not included in the support award should be paid directly to the parent who made or will make the expenditure or directly to the provider of the health care (also, see N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23b).

Other Expenses Approved by the Court – These are predictable and recurring expenses for children that may not be incurred by average or intact families such as private elementary or secondary education, special needs of gifted or disabled children, and visitation transportation expenses. The addition of these expenses to the basic obligation must be approved by the court.

Child Support – The Cost of Raising a Child in New Jersey

Many expenses are included in the New Jersey Child Support Schedules

Consumption categories that must differ from average marginal spending on children, to qualify for a deviation based on average costs.

Transportation – All costs involved with owning or leasing an automobile including monthly installments toward principal cost, finance charges (interest), lease payments, gas and motor oil, insurance, maintenance and repairs. Also, included are other costs related to transportation such as public transit, parking fees, license and registration fees, towing, tolls, and automobile service clubs. The net outlay (purchase price minus the trade-in value) for a vehicle purchase is not included.

Unreimbursed Health Care Up to and Including $250 Per Child Per Year.

Unreimbursed health-care expenditures (e.g., medical and dental) up to and including $250 per child per year are included in the schedules. Such expenses are considered ordinary and may include items such as non-prescription drugs, co-payments or health care services, equipment or products. The parent’s cost of adding a child to health insurance policy is not included in the schedules.

Entertainment – Fees, memberships and admissions to sports, recreational, or social events, lessons or instructions, movie rentals, televisions, radios, sound equipment, pets, hobbies, toys, playground equipment, photographic equipment, film processing, video games, and recreational, exercise or sports equipment.

Miscellaneous Items – Personal care products and services (e.g., hair, shaving, cosmetics), books and magazines, education (e.g., tuition, books, supplies), cash contributions, personal insurance, and finance charges (except those for mortgage and vehicle purchases).

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