What Is Covered In Child Support Obligations
- October 3, 2013
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The expenses and items that are covered in child support obligation calculations are governed in New Jersey by the Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines were established to describe what items and expenses that child support obligations are supposed to cover. Besides the mandatory expenses that the guidelines automatically include in the calculation there are other potential items and expenses that should also be included if they are necessary to the functioning of a particular family. According to the Child Support Guidelines, allowable expenses for child support obligations include: Health Insurance for the Children: There are nominal costs for adding a child or children to a parent’s health insurance policy which should be included in a child support obligation calculation. Further, it is important to note that the parent who lists a child or children on his or her insurance is only given a credit for the children’s portion of the health insurance costs. Work -Related Child-Care Expenses: The cost of any work-related child care expenses incurred by the parent is included in the calculation. For instance, day care or day camp costs. To be included in the child care calculation, the cost must be assumed to care for a dependant, minor child or for a dependant who is physically or mentally disabled. Foreseeable and Recurring, Unreimbursed Medical Expenses: The first $250.00 of each child’s unreimbursed medical expenses is included in a party’s child support obligation under the Child Support Guidelines. If a particular child assumes regular and predictable unreimbursed medical expenses for an affliction, this expense should also be included in the child support obligation. If such expenses are not predictable, recurring, or foreseeable, then they are not included in the child support calculation but the cost should be shared equally among the parities based upon their income percentage. Other Court Approved Expenses: New Jersey Courts, at their discretion, can add to a party’s child support obligation for foreseeable and/or expenses that are not routinely encountered by families. Some examples include: special need accommodations for children who are gifted or who suffer from disabilities; non-custodial parent transportation costs; or special educational costs. These aforementioned examples and other like examples must be approved by the court to be included in a basic child support obligation. Although it seems reasonably simple, everyone has heard horror stories regarding child support from friends or family members and knows such matters must not be taken lightly due to significant financial consequences for the parties. If you are seeking a divorce or dissolution of a civil union or wish to modify an existing child support order you should consult an experienced family law attorney immediately. For more information about child support, emancipation, divorce, civil union dissolution, child custody or other family law matters in NJ visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com. This blog is for informational purposes and in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney.