Legal custody applies to the person who makes the major decisions regarding the health and welfare of the child. Residential custody, also known as physical custody, determines who lives primarily with the children. Shared residential custody is when the child lives equally with both parents.
New Jersey follows the child support guidelines, determining the child support obligations of each parent. Generally, the guidelines apply to families with a combined annual income of $187,200 or less. Families with higher incomes may have to pay more. These guidelines are not mandated.