Child Support Case Information - New Jersey
Part A - HOW THE CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAM WORKS
Part A answers some questions you might have about the child support program.
What are child support services? Child support services include: locating the parent who has a duty to support your
child(ren), legally determining if a person is the biological parent of your child, obtaining an order for child support and medical
support services (if available at a reasonable cost), collecting support payments, keeping accurate records of payments and
enforcing the support order.
Who provides these services? In New Jersey, the Department of Human Services (DHS) - Division of Family
Development (DFD) - Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) (the State Title IV-D agency), County Welfare Agencies
(CWA), the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the County Family Divisions of the Superior Court, and County
Probation Division work together to provide support services to your family.
What does the Office of Child Support Services do? - The DFD/OCSS is responsible for ensuring that the state's
child support program is operated properly, efficiently and effectively, and that all of its agents are in compliance with all
aspects of the Federal Law.
What does the County Welfare Agency Child Support Unit do? - The CWA locates obligors and files non-support
complaints on active Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) with the Family Division
What does the Family Division do? - The Family Division is responsible for the establishment of paternity, support
and medical orders.
What does the Probation Division do? The Probation Division monitors and enforces court orders, including those
for child support, medical support and alimony. The Probation Division may become involved in the case after a support
order is entered. All support orders are payable through the New Jersey Family Support Payment Center (NJFSPC), unless
the court orders otherwise.
Does Probation represent me in court? No. Probation does not represent you. It is the part of the court system that
sees that the court's orders are obeyed. Probation does not side with either parent. If you have to come to court, you can
either represent yourself of hire an attorney.
Who can apply for these services? Any parent or person with custody of a child who needs help to establish a
child support or medical support order or to collect support payments can apply for child support enforcement services.
People who have received assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, and Federally
assisted Foster Care programs are automatically referred for child support enforcement services.
Although the majority of custodial parents are mothers, keep in mind that either the mother or father may have
primary custody of the child.
Either parent can get help to have a child support order reviewed at least every three years, or whenever there is
a substantial change of circumstances, to ensure that the order remains fair.
An unmarried father can apply for services to establish paternity -- a legal relationship with his child.
A non-custodial parent whose case is not in the CSE Program can apply for services and make payments through the
Program. Doing so ensures that there is a record of payments made.
Location services are available for non-custodial parents whose children have been hidden from them in violation
of a custody or visitation order.
Is there a fee for this service? Yes , there may be a nominal fee. Please see Part D of the application.
Who is the obligee? The obligee is the person who receives the court ordered support.
Who is the obligor? The obligor is the person who is ordered to pay the court ordered support.
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