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New Jersey Child Support: What If My Income Is Over the Cap?

By Spodek Law Group | February 19, 2023

Child Support Guidelines in New Jersey: Creative Solutions for Unique Situations


At Spodek Law Group, we understand that every family’s situation is unique, and that includes child support arrangements. Our experienced attorneys, led by Attorney Todd Spodek, are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need to navigate these complex legal matters.

Understanding NJ Child Support Guidelines

In New Jersey, child support payments are determined by the NJ Child Support Guidelines, which apply to families with a combined net income of between $8,840/year ($170/week) and $187,200/year ($3600/week). However, if your income falls outside of this range or your child is attending college and living at school, the guidelines no longer apply, requiring creative solutions.

Exploring Creative Solutions

In such situations, families are expected to figure it out on their own, or let a judge decide. At Spodek Law Group, we always recommend mediation or negotiation to make child support payments a family decision. This approach allows parents to maintain control over the decision-making process, rather than risking the opinion of a judge.

Unique Situations and Solutions

The following are some solutions we recommend for unique child support situations:

1) If income exceeds the cap, but the child is not attending college

The court is legally prohibited from “extrapolating” the NJ Child Support Guidelines. Judges are not supposed to apply the guidelines to cases that don’t fit the criteria. However, families trying to reach an agreement outside of court will often start with a Guidelines analysis as an unofficial starting point, then adjust the payment amount based on the child’s needs.

At Spodek Law Group, we recommend revisiting the Case Information Statements and examining how money is currently allocated within the family. If both parties can’t agree on what money is going where, they might have to hire a forensic accountant to conduct a “lifestyle analysis,” which will show how the family spent money in the past.

When examining the family finances, it’s important to understand that child support is determined more by lifestyle and income than assets. For example, let’s say you have two families:

  • Family A: Has income above the NJ Child Support Guidelines, $3 million in assets, a $700,000 house, lives a relatively frugal lifestyle, and takes one annual family vacation
  • Family B: Has income above the NJ Child Support Guidelines, $3 million in assets, a $1.5 million house, buys new clothes for the child every season, and takes four family vacations each year, which include first-class plane tickets and five-star hotels

Even though both families have the same total assets, Family B would likely have a higher child support payment than Family A.

2) If income exceeds the cap, and the child is attending college

Like the first scenario, families will often start with a Guidelines analysis as an unofficial starting point, then adjust the payment amount based on the child’s needs, lifestyle, and current financial dynamic within the family.

Parents need to consider the child’s cost of living that is already provided through room, board, and tuition. Does the child have a job? Are the parents still paying for the child’s clothes, cell phone, food, and other expenses associated with recreational activities?

Cost of living can also vary widely based on the location of the college campus. It would take more money to support a child attending school in Manhattan, than it would to support a child attending school in central Pennsylvania.

At Spodek Law Group, we highly recommend mediation or negotiation in this scenario, as it is a legal area on which many judges disagree. Some judges believe it costs less money to support a child in college than it does to support a child at home and decide on lower support payments as a result. Other judges believe the opposite and decide on higher support payments.


At Spodek Law Group, we understand the importance of finding the right solution for your unique child support situation. Our experienced attorneys, led by Attorney Todd Spodek, are here to guide you through the legal process with professionalism and a deep understanding of the law. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your child support case.

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