Q: How can I ensure that the correct parenting worksheet is used when calculating child support
I want to make sure that the correct parenting worksheet is used (the shared parenting worksheet) when recalculating child support since the last time it was calculated, they only used the sole parenting worksheet but refused to provide a reason as to why. I have my child for 10 overnights per month, the parent of primary residence makes almost 4x the NJ poverty guidelines, and my child has his own room in my home.
A: Preparing the child support guidelines correctly is not a simple task and simply because the county probation department officer prepared them for you does not mean that they were prepared correctly. My suggestion is that you pay a family law specialist to review the guidelines and meet with you to go over the details of your income setting and your former partner's income setting, payment details for healthcare, etc to ensure that they were prepared correctly. Too often, they are prepared wrong and unless you know what to look for, you will not know it.
A: Thank you for your question. You would need to insist with the other party and/or the court that the shared parenting worksheet should be utilized. Based upon the facts that you have detailed, it would appear that it would indeed be proper in your matter to utilize the shared parenting worksheet.
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