New Jersey Child Support Lawyers Report on New Child Support Law in NJ

Effective February 1, 2017, there is a new Child Support law in New Jersey that will affect every single case that is paid through Probation.

The new law holds that all child support will terminate on the child’s 19th birthday unless:

  1. A court order states a different age to end the support (which under no circumstances can go beyond the kid’s 23rd birthday).
  2. The custodial parent makes a request to Probation for the support to continue.


  1. The child who is the subject of the support is in an out-of-home placement by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

In addition, when a custodial parent of a kid over the age of 19 are seeking to continue child support beyond the automatic emancipation age of 19, the parent must show at least 1 of these 3 things:

  1. the child is still enrolled in high school or other secondary educational program;
  2. the child is a student in a post-secondary education program and is enrolled for the number of hours or courses the school considers to be full-time attendance during some part of each of any five calendar months of the year;


  1. the child has a physical or mental disability, as determined by a federal or State government agency, that existed prior to the child reaching the age of 19 and requires continued child support

Anyone who has questions about this new law should contact their lawyer immediately.  More information also can be found through New Jersey’s Department of Human Services website.

At Lyons & Associates, P.C., our mission is to keep all families informed of changes in the law.  If you have questions about this law, or any other issues, call our family law lawyers in New Jersey at 908-575-9777 or complete our online intake form.