Divorce introduces a massive change in dynamic to any family as well as the lives of children of every age. Younger children tend to become more dependent from divorce while older children and adolescents tend to accelerate their own independence.
After parents separate or get divorced, states require that child support payments be made to allow a child to continue to enjoy a certain standard of living. The amount that must be paid is based on a number of factors, including the number of children, the percentage of time they spend with each parent, and each parent's gross income. In New Jersey, the amount is calculated according to the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. The general practice is that the child support payments are entrusted to the custodial parent and that parent must use those funds for the benefit of the child. The payments are supposed to be for the child's basic needs, such as food, clothing, housing, etc. However, an issue can arise when the custodial parent is not using the money in that way.