In New Jersey child support is based on the child support guidelines. It is actually a software program that takes the weekly gross income of both parties, including any alimony that is paid, and calculates payment per the number of children in your household. However, in families where the income exceeds $187,000 per year, it is considered an above-guidelines case and the court will add supplemental expenses to benefit the child with the logic being had this been an intact family, the child would have had the benefit of an enhanced lifestyle. Basically, the amount of child support to be paid is based on income, number of overnights that the child spends with each parent, and certain expenses that are deducted out for health care, health insurance, and certain extra supplemental expenses that are agreed upon and calculated.

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