The child support guidelines are a formula in New Jersey, but they are a rebuttable presumption. After you determine the parent of primary residence and the parent of alternate residence, you enter each party’s income into the formula, as well as whether any alimony is being paid and the number of overnights each party has with the child. You also include additional costs that you may have for the children, such as medical insurance and other reoccurring expenses. Some people even include work-related childcare. The formula then computes an amount for what the weekly child support should be. The expenses include the parent of primary residence, cost for shelter, cost for transportation, clothing, school lunches, and ordinary expenses that the child has in living with the parent of primary residence.
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