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Office Locations
*By Appointment Only


Bedminster*
90 Washington Valley Road
Bedminster, NJ 07921


Cherry Hill
1818 Old Cuthbert Rd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034


Clifton
1135 Clifton Avenue
Suite 11
Clifton, NJ 07013


Cranford*
20 Commerce Drive
Suite 135
Cranford, NJ 07016


East Brunswick*
197 Route 18 South
Suite 300
East Brunswick, NJ 08816


Freehold*
4400 Route 9 South
Suite 1000
Freehold, NJ 07728


Jersey City
551 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306


Metropark*
33 Wood Ave. South
Suite 600
Iselin, NJ 08830


Morristown*
55 Madison Avenue
Suite 400
Morristown, NJ 07960


Newark*
One Gateway Center
Suite 2600
Newark, NJ 07102


Piscataway*
30 Knightsbridge Road
Suite 525
Piscataway, NJ 08854


Princeton*
100 Overlook Center
2nd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540


Tinton Falls
788 Shrewsbury Ave.
Suite 2209
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724 


Toms River*
230 Main Street
2nd Floor
Toms River, NJ 08753


Trenton
354 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
  
 

 

How Long Will Child Support Payments Last?

This is perhaps the most common question a family law attorney gets; how long do child support payments last? Unfortunately, New Jersey law does not provide a simple answer. There is no set date or age on which child support payments will end. Instead, New Jersey requires parents to continue to support a child's needs until they become emancipated.

Emancipation requires a child to be 18 years of age and either:

  • Graduation from a undergraduate degree program or equivalent
  • Graduation from high school or withdrawal from high school
  • Full-time employment
  • Attainment of self-sufficiency

When these conditions have been met, the parties that pay child support will typically file a motion for emancipation. This motion must be supported by evidence. The other side will then have the opportunity to respond to the motion. On the date of the hearing the Court will entertain both sides arguments and will render a decision.

It is important to note that just because the above conditions have been met, emancipation is not automatic. Emancipation is very fact-sensitive. The crucial determination to be made is whether the child has moved beyond the parents' sphere of influence. Making this determination involves an evaluation of the relevant circumstances including the child's resources, needs, interests, the parents' financial ability and the family expectations for the child. This is where quality representation is vital. Many people have gone to court alone only to have their motion repeatedly denied. Call us anytime for more information on how we can help you end your child support matter forever.

Call us anytime at: (855) 953-3529

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