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In NJ, the court can "impute" income if a parent is voluntarily un/underemployed. This means that the court will calculate child support based on what a party should be earning, versus actual earnings.
Here is a calculator that will provide an approximation of child support based on the statutory guidelines:
A party must comply with an existing child support order UNTIL it is modified or terminated by the judge.
Similarly, a custody order remains in effect until the judge modifies it. One party CANNOT unilaterally change the judge's order.
Child support guidelines are formulated so that the primary considerations are the parties' respective income, and the time share with the parents (the higher the income, the more support one pays; the more time the parent spends with the children, the less they pay)
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