New Jersey Child Support Enforcement

In order to enforce child support payments in New Jersey an individual not receiving funds due may be able to contact the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) to institute an action for enforcement.  Using the information a receiving parent provides, OCSS has the resources and authority to use enforcement tools to obtain arrearages from the non-paying parent.

How to File a Complaint

In New Jersey, a parent is obligated to pay the amount of support that is set forth in a court order from any state until the court order is modified or terminated by the court.  If those payments are not timely made, the payor is in arrears and the OCSS can take steps to enforce the order to ensure that the arrearages are paid and that the child support order is complied with. Child support orders are enforced across state lines by the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.  Payments must be made in accordance with the order that was either issued or agreed upon by both parents.

In order to institute an enforcement action, the receiving parent must fill out an application seeking enforcement.  In New Jersey, you can fill out the application online or offline. Any information the applicant can give about the non-paying parent will be helpful to OCSS.

How to Fill-in

Step 1: Download the application and read the instructions

Download (PDF, 309KB)

Step 2: On the ninth page of the download, enter the following information regarding applicant child support information:

  • Your relationship to the child(ren)
  • Does the child(ren) live with you?
  • If no, who does the child(ren) live with?
  • Name
  • Address
  • City: State: Zip Code
  • Are you currently receiving Public Assistance?
  • Did you ever receive Public Assistance?
  • Did you ever receive Medicaid?
  • Have you ever made a private agreement with the other parent for child support?
  • If yes, Amount:
  • Are there any court actions pending in any state to establish or enforce support for your child(ren)?
  • If yes, court (county, state):
  • Date filed
  • Do you have an existing court order for child support?
  • What court entered this order (County, State)?
  • The current support order requires payments to be made how?

Step 3: On the next two pages, enter the following information about the applicant:

  •  Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number or TAX Identification Number
  • Maiden Name and/or Other Names used
  • U.S. Citizen
  • If No, What Country?
  • Alien Registration No.
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex
  • Primary spoken language
  • Do you need an interpreter?
  • Phone numbers
  • Drivers License number and state of issue
  • Email Address
  • Home Address
  • Mailing Address if different from home address
  • Marital Status
  • Are you married to the parent of the child(ren)?
  • If yes, Date:
  • City, State of Marriage
  • Are you divorced from the parent of the child(ren)?
  • If yes, Date
  • City, State of Divorce
  • Employer Name
  • Self-employed (company name)
  • Active Military Status
  • Military Branch
  • Employer Address
  • May we contact you at work?
  • Work Phone:
  • Fax Number:
  • Work Email
  • Your Attorney’s Name (if you have an attorney for this case)
  • Phone:
  • Fax:
  • Email:
  • Attorney’s Address

Step 4: Enter the following information about the parent from whom you are seeking child support:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number or TAX Identification Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Sex
  • Maiden Name and/or Other Names used
  • U.S. Citizen
  • If No, What Country
  • Alien Registration No.
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Facial Hair
  • Distinguishing Features (Scars, Marks, Tattoos, Glasses)
  • Primary spoken language
  • Does the parent need an interpreter?
  • If yes, specify language
  • Phone numbers
  • Drivers License number and state
  • Email Address
  • Last Known Home Address
  • Lives with:
  • Last Known Mailing Address if different from home address
  • Is the parent currently incarcerated or institutionalized
  • If yes, provide details:
  • Employer Name
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Salary
  • Type of work performed
  • Belong to Union?
  • If Yes, Union Name Local #
  • Additional Employment Phone Number
  • Address
  • Salary
  • Type of work performed
  • Military Service
  • Branch
  • Status?
  • Active Reserve
  • Retired (mm/yyyy)
  • Discharged (mm/yyyy)
  • Duty Station: (Base/Post/Ship and City/State)
  • Health insurance provider:
  • Are the child(ren) named in this application covered?
  • Policy Number
  • Date coverage began
  • Does the parent receive any of the following types of income?
  • Parent Bank Account Number Savings Checking
  • Bank Name and Address
  • Parent Attorney’s Name
  • Phone
  • Attorney’s Address
  • Email

Step 5: On page 14 of the download, enter in the following information about each child:

  • Name
  • Paternity established?
  • Date of Birth
  • City/State of Birth
  • SSN#
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex

Step 6: Only fill out the next section regarding your financial information if you are seeking to establish a child support order Not enforce an existing one)

Step 7: On page 19 of the download (section VI) fill in the following information about the location of the parent from whom you are seeking support:

  • Does the parent have a criminal record?
  • If yes, City: State: Date:
  • Education: School/College Name City, State Date of Attendance
  • Does the parent belong to any professional/trade associations?
  • If yes, Name: City State
  • Does the parent have any professional/trade licenses?
  • If yes, License Number: Type: Issuing State:
  • Maiden Name of the parent’s mother
  • Living or Deceased?
  • Address
  • Name of the parent’s father
  • Living or Deceased?
  • Address
  • Spouse/Other – Name
  • Relationship
  • Address
  • Does the parent have any other children besides yours?
  • Child Name
  • Court Order
  • State
  • Other Parent Name on the order
  • Does the parent own any homes or real estate?
  • If yes, please provide the address below.
  • Does the parent own a motor/recreational vehicle?
  • If Yes, please identify below
  • Does the parent own a boat? If Yes, please identify below
  • List the other parent’s past employer(s), if known
  • Employer Name
  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Address

Step 8: Check off the services you are seeking and sign and date and send to your local welfare department.

What the OCSS Can Do

OCSS has a broad range of enforcement resources available to make sure any child support owed is paid. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Income withholding
  • Credit reporting
  • Lottery prize intercept
  • Tax fund offset
  • Seizure of assets
  • License suspension- driver’s, professional or recreational
  • Passport denial
  • Civil awards/settlements
  • Court enforcement

How to Contact

Local Offices:

njlocaloffices

 

Address: 

222 S Warren St
Trenton, NJ 08608

Phone: 

1-877-NJKIDS1