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Establishing and enforcing child support orders

It can be particularly important for single, separated or divorced parents in New Jersey to understand the child support system. When parents first enter the system and begin dealing with child support, they may find it confusing or even overwhelming. Each August marks Child Support Awareness Month, an initiative designed to draw attention to the financial support provided by noncustodial parents.

The different types of child support cases

When New Jersey parents start dealing with the child support system for the first time, some of the terminology used can be confusing and difficult to understand. It may also not be clear why some families handle child support privately while others are involved with a state system that manages the payment process. There are actually four different kinds of child support cases that deal with payment arrangements.

Freelance work and child support obligations

For New Jersey parents with child support obligations, payroll deductions and withholdings are some of the most common means by which their monthly payments are collected. Around 70 percent of all child support payments are made through direct payroll collections. Even when a parent attempts to evade their child support responsibilities, employers are required to report their newly hired workers to a child support database that is shared between states. Workers at a new job can face enforcement actions and even the garnishment of their paycheck if they fail to pay their court-ordered child support.

Child support and unemployed parents

Non-custodial parents who unexpectedly lose their jobs may want more information about the effects of unemployment on an active child support order. In New Jersey and other states, child support orders are in place to help ensure that the children's needs are met. Parents will generally find that a child support order remains in effect even when the party who is responsible for making the payments is not working. When they explore the options that are available to them, unemployed parents may find that this potentially stressful situation can be successfully navigated.

Federal efforts aid collection of unpaid child support

New Jersey families can face tough times when they are dealing with delinquent or unpaid child support from the other parent. Child support orders are issued by the court to ensure that the everyday expenses, including educational costs, medical and dental bills and other major expenses, are covered by their parents. Due to the precarious situation of children and the increased social costs that can result from unpaid support orders, state and federal government agencies have prioritized the enforcement and collection of unpaid child support.

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