One of the first steps to establishing child support in New Jersey is to take an assessment of the financial resources of both parents. Prior to filling for child support the couple must have filed for divorce and have the order finalized. New Jersey has a set of guidelines that they go by when determining amounts to be paid.
Guidelines for Child Support in New Jersey
The Custodial Parent is considered the parent whom the child lives with a majority of the time (at least 60% of the time), and the Noncustodial Parent (NC) is the parent whom has the child less than a majority of the time. It is generally the NC parent that pays the child support into the system. Some couples opt for a direct pay system, leaving the government out of the equation, but most regret this move as there is no paper trail in the event of a dispute. If both parties are willing to make things as quick and painless as possible, then they need to come to an agreement on the amount and frequency of payments based on the guidelines. If they can do this, then simply filling out a Consent Support Agreement will make a court appearance unnecessary.
If there is an issue with deciding amounts, then both parents can meet in the Family Court to have it settled. If you have to go to court, it is highly recommended that you seek counsel, although it is not required. The request for child support is called, in legal terms, a complaint. The Child Support Office will file this complaint for you, if you wish.
The following is a simple calculator that can help you gain a perspective on what you will be paying or receiving as a result of the New Jersey guidelines: http://www.njchildsupport.org/Resources-Forms/Other-Resources/Guidelines-Calculator/Guidelines-Calculator.aspx
Child Support Services
The easiest way to apply for Child Support in New Jersey is to access and fill out the form online: https://application.njchildsupport.org/ However, if you like paperwork, then you can download the PDF file, then mail or walk it in to the Department of Human Services.
ny individual can apply for all of the available child support services. This application is used to process support under the Title IV-D Child Support Program, funded through the Federal and State governments and managed in New Jersey by the Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development in partnership with the Superior Court Family and Probation Divisions. http://www.njchildsupport.org/getattachment/Services-Programs/Custodial-Parents/Applying-for-child-support-services/Applying-for-child-support-services/IV-D-application-on-web-instructions.pdf.aspx
Information and applications are also available by calling 1-877-NJKIDS1. They charge a fee of $6 to apply, although if you receive public assistance, then there is no charge.
Child Support Enforcement
If for some reason the NC parent does not comply with the court ordered child support, then all you would need to do is contact your local offices and file a complaint. These complaints are taken seriously and can result in many penalties including an impact on credit report, withholding of funds from paychecks, fines, interruption of tax refunds, lottery winnings, and a report to the NC parent’s employer.
Locate county offices: http://www.njchildsupport.org/Services-Programs/LOCATE-LOCAL-COUNTY-OFFICES.aspx