• The Awful-ly Confusing New Child Support Statute
  • April 17, 2017 | Author: Jeralyn Lisa Lawrence
  • Law Firm: Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. A Professional Corporation - Bridgewater Office
  • With the ink hardly dry on the newly - enacted child support statute, S - 1046/A - 2721, we are receiving increasing numbers of inquiries as to the effect of the new law, and significant concerns over the interpretation of its seemingly ambiguous and confusing language. Although the intent of the statute was to eradicate the backlog currently overwhelming our state’s probation departments and ensure that the probation departments would continue to receive federal funding, the misinterpretation and misapplication of its language have stirred much debate in our practice. It is imperative for all parents paying support or receiving support to understand the implications of this statute, in order to put to rest any concerns that their child may unilaterally be deemed emancipated by the probation department upon reaching a set age.