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Change in NJ Child Support Laws

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Starting on February 1, 2017, the child support laws in New Jersey will change as they relate to the termination of a child support obligation. As this date is quickly approaching, it is important that you speak with an experienced family law attorney who can help you determine how this may affect you.

Under this new law, a child support obligation automatically terminates when, among other events, the child turns 19 years old. However, there are exceptions to this automatic termination. If a child is a full-time student in high school or college, or where a child is disabled, the support obligation may be required to continue until the child is 23 years old. In order to keep a child support obligation in effect after a child turns 19 years old, an application to the Court is required before the child turns 19. Moreover, in exceptional circumstances, such as disability, it may be necessary to convert child support to another type of obligation after the child turns 23 years old.

All parents will begin to receive notices around their child’s 19th birthday regarding the termination of child support under this new law. Notably, this law applies to all child support orders previously entered, so you may get a notice regarding this new law if your child is already over the age of 19.

It is important that, if you are the parent that pays child support, you do not stop your payments until you receive a notice of termination and you reach the effective date on the notice. If you fail to do so, you may be responsible for back child support and could find yourself in unnecessary legal trouble down the road.
If you have questions regarding the future of your child support obligation or your receipt of future child support, please schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney at Cohn Lifland.