Child support for minor children is defined as the payment that a non-custodial parent is ordered to make as support for the costs of raising his or her child/children (hereinafter just referred to as “child”). The financial assistance is provided by the parent who does not have physical custody of his or her child, so that that particular parent’s income does not benefit the child on a daily basis. The child support may be court-ordered, or voluntary, and may be set forth through a divorce decree or a separate order. Sometimes, if child support is ordered, but not paid timely, or at all, state agencies may intervene forcing the payment of child support. In the case where divorce has occurred, but both parents have full, or joint custody, in most cases there is no child support involved. If you have questions about child custody or divorce you should contact a family law attorney in Short Hills for assistance in answering your questions. A top NJ attorney will be happy to work with you to answer all of your legal questions.
Technically, the duty to support a minor child rests with both parents, even if the custodial parent has the means to care for the child on their own. But, the support that is provided from the non-custodial parent not only pays for the child’s basic needs but allows the child to share in the standard of living both parents enjoy.