As a divorce and family law firm has handled countless child support matters over the, I know first hand that one of the most popular questions we are asked as New Jersey child support is, “What exactly is included in the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines?” This seems to be such a popular question for family law and divorce attorneys because, as many of you know, child support can be quite expensive and is a huge aspect of divorces involving children. While some expenses might seem obvious, such as food, clothing, and shelter, there are many more expenses included in the Guidelines that parents are responsible for. For example, the new case of Elrom v. Elrom explained that the cost of certain extracurricular activities is included in New Jersey’s Child Support Guidelines.
In the case the parties married in February 2005 and separated in September 2010. Two children were born of the marriage, one in 2008 and the other in 2010. The wife was a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey. When she first got married, she worked in Newark earning $102,000 per year. Subsequently, she began working at a New York firm and earned $175,000 per year. However, at the start of 2008, the wife was laid off. She agreed to stay home and raise the children, but entertained the idea of working part-time. In 2009, she started working part-time, approximately 15 hours per week. Yet, when the parties separated, the wife started to work 26 hours per week. She finally found another full time job as an associate, earning $80,640 per year, but lost her job right before the trial.
On the other hand, the husband was a software engineer, technical writer, web developer, and entrepreneur. His annual salary tended to fluctuate since he worked for various companies such as MTV and HBO; however, he always earned a good living. For instance, while working for HBO he earned $193,375 per year. In addition, the husband owned a limited liability corporation called Elrom, which performed consulting services, sponsored an annual technology trade show, and participated in many start-up companies.