As we have read in the tabloids the supermodel Linda Evangelista has moved for child support for her four year old son, whose father is Francois-Henri Pinault, husband of Salma Hayek.  She is asking for $46,000/month.  Is this what it costs to raise a four year old?  How will the court or the lawyers possibly decide?  Common sense says no, but it is rumored that Evangelista earned 2 million dollars last year and Pinault is worth 11.5 billion.

            In New Jersey (as in other states), child support is governed by the Child Support Guidelines which are a part of the New Jersey Court Rules.  The Guidelines are applicable up to a net combined income of $3600/wk. ($187,200/yr.).  In families where the income exceeds that amount (i.e. Evangelista/Pinault) the Court must add a discretionary amount of child support to the minimum basic award- that which would be awarded for $187,200/yr.  For one child in New Jersey that amount would be $453/wk. ($1963/mo.)  The Court would have to make a big jump to the $46,000/mo. requested by Ms. Evangelista.

            Even for families with incomes less than $187,200/yr. net the Child Support Guidelines can be complex and confusing.  Childcare, medical insurance and the number of overnights the child/children spend with each parent are taken into consideration.

             For questions regarding child support in your particular situation, or enforcement or modification of child support, contact one of our Family Law Attorneys at (908) 879-9499.