A new NJ Child Support Obligation Termination Law became effective on February 1, 2017. Governor Christie signed S-1046/A-2721 into law on January 19, 2016. The new legislation establishes 19 as the age when NJ child support and/or medical support obligation shall end. This law now applies to all child support orders.
Child Support Obligation Termination in NJ – Specifics + Exceptions
However, as stated in the legislation, child support may continue up to age 23 if: (1) the child is in high school; (2) attending full-time college, vocational or graduate school; (3) is disabled; (4) if the parties reach an agreement; or (5) if support is granted by the Court. Furthermore, if your Final Judgment of Divorce or support order specifies a termination date other than the child’s 19th birthday, the termination date in the court order/Final Judgment of Divorce will be enforced.
This notice will have information as to how to request a continuation of child support as well as how to modify a NJ child support obligation. Furthermore, in cases in which there are arrears after child support is terminated, the noncustodial parent will still be responsible for paying off those child support arrears.
It is extremely important to respond if you wish to oppose termination. An application or motion may be filed with the Court if you receive an updated order, wish to oppose it, or wish to adjust child support.
We encourage all individuals to review their child support and medical support obligations with their attorneys in light of the new legislation that will be in effect February 1, 2017. If you have questions about this recently passed law or need legal representation, reach out to the family law attorneys at Puff, Sierzega & MacFeeters today. We are here to help you navigate this process and to protect your rights.