emancipation

CHANGES IN FAMILY LAW: TERMINATION OF CHILD SUPPORT UNDER NEW EMANCIPATION STATUTE

In January 2016, New Jersey enacted a new emancipation statute that is more payor friendly and which establishes that any existing or future child support obligation will terminate automatically when a child reaches the age of 19 absent an order stating otherwise, consent of the parties or the Court’s extension of the age for emancipation beyond 19 based upon an application filed by the payee parent. This new law is set to take effect on February 1, 2017 and will apply to all child support orders issues before or after its effective date.