Child Support

N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23a sets forth factors the court should consider in determining the amount of support that should be paid  by a parent for the support of a child and the period during which the duty of  support is owed as follows:
(1)   Needs of the child;
(2)   Standard of living and economic circumstances of each parent;
(3)   All sources of income and assets of  each parent;
(4)   Earning ability of each parent, including educational background, training and employment skills, work experience, custodial responsibility for children including the cost for providing child care and the length of time and cost of each parent to obtain training and experience for appropriate employment;
(5)   Need and the capacity of the child for education, including higher education;
(6)   Age and health of the child and each parent;
(7)   Income, assets and earning ability of the child;
(8)   Responsibility of the parents for the court ordered support of others;
(9)   Reasonable debts and liabilities of each child and parent;
(10) Any other facts the court may deem relevant.
The obligation to pay support for a child who has not been emancipated by the court shall not terminate solely on the basis of the child's age if the child suffers from a severe mental or physical incapacity that causes the child to be  financially dependent on a parent. The obligation to pay support for that child shall continue until the court finds that the child is relieved of the incapacity or is no longer financially dependent on the parent. However, in assessing the financial obligation of the parent, the court shall consider, in addition to the factors enumerated in this section, the child's eligibilty for public benefits and services for
people with disabiities and may make such orders, including an order involving the creation of a trust, as are necessary to promote the well being of the child.