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Emancipation & Child Support

Our New Jersey Child Support Lawyers Can Help

New Jersey law is clear about how long a parent must pay child support. Support obligations end automatically when the child turns 19 or if the child marries, dies, or joins the military service by that time. Your child support settlement may also designate another age for termination of child support—up to 23 years, based on the needs of the child. Emancipation will also terminate child support obligations.

Warren-Wentz, LLC has New Jersey divorce lawyers experienced in child support matters, including ending child support with emancipation. Call (856) 281-3338 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.

What Is Emancipation?

Emancipation is the process of a minor being legally released from the custody and support of both parents. Emancipation also occurs when a child turns 18 and becomes independent. This effectively ends both the child’s obligation to adhere to either parent’s decisions regarding the child and both parents’ obligation to provide financial support for the child.

If your child is emancipated, you are no longer required to make child support payments. However, it is important to note that a child does not become automatically emancipated at the age of 18; he or she may still be dependent on the parents to provide financial and legal support. You may still be required to make child support payments for your child if he or she is older than 18, in certain circumstances.

Decreasing Child Support Payments

If you have multiple children receiving support, your support payments will decrease as each child turns 19 or otherwise becomes ineligible. However, the amount won’t necessarily decrease the same amount for each child. For example, the child support payment for two children is 1.7 times that of the amount for one child, due to expected economies of scale.

Extending Child Support Payments

If circumstances arise where the custodial parent thinks the child needs continued support past the age of 19, they have the option to submit a written request to the court for consideration.

State statutes outline a few reasons why such a request might be approved:

  • The child is still a high school student
  • The child is attending another secondary education program full-time
  • The child has a disability, physical or mental

Past the age of 23, it’s still possible for a parent to have to pay some kind of maintenance for an adult child, but only in extraordinary circumstances, such as a disability. However, such payments are not called child support and may have a different pay structures or requirements.

Put Our 35+ Years of Combined Experience on Your Side

No two children are exactly alike, and no two financial situations are exactly the same. If you need help representing your child support case in family court, we can help. At Warren-Wentz, LLC, we have worked hundreds of hours on complex child support cases, including requests for emancipation, extending payments, and more.

Call Warren-Wentz, LLC’s New Jersey child support attorneys at (856) 281-3338 today for a free consultation.

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