How to Collect Payments for Overdue Child Support in NJ
The state of New Jersey operates its child support enforcement program under the belief that children are entitled to share in the income of both parents and that the children should not have to struggle financially simply because their parents got divorced. However, thousands of children in New Jersey do in fact struggle each year without the financial support of a parent, due to missed child support payments.
If you are a custodial parent whose co-parent has missed support payments, or you are a payer of child support who needs a modification of the support order to reflect changes in your financial status, DoNotPay's Child Support product can help you in just a few easy steps.
About Child Support in New Jersey
New Jersey uses the Income Shares method of determining child support. This means that the child support that is awarded has been determined by using both parents' incomes to derive a percentage that each parent is responsible for paying. In addition to income, the other factors that go into calculating child support include:
- Other financial obligations of each parent include support for other children or former spouses and payments such as union dues.
- The cost of work-related daycare expenses and health benefits that are paid by one parent through their employer.
- The amount of time that the child spends with each parent, as it is assumed that a greater amount of parenting time results in a greater amount of expenses.
How to Seek Back Child Support in NJ
The state used to require parents to handle child support payments on their own. However, due to many parents simply choosing not to make a direct child support payment, the support amount is typically withheld from the payer's earnings by their employer, who sends the funds directly to the New Jersey Family Support Payment Center.
It should be noted, however, that divorcing parents can agree in writing as part of their separation or dissolution of marriage that they both wish to handle child support matters directly. Because the agreement is in writing and likely part of the court order, there is still assistance available through the state's Child Support Agency in collecting the support owed.
Some of the tools that the New Jersey Child Support Agency has to make non-compliant parents pay back support that is owed include:
- Notifying credit reporting agencies
- Seizing assets or federal or state tax refunds
- Denying a passport
- Suspension of the obligor's driver's license
- Issuing a warrant for the obligor's arrest
The New Jersey Child Support Agency provides a number of services based on the circumstances of the parents seeking assistance.
How to Request an NJ Child Support Modification
In order to change a child support order due to a change in your financial circumstances, you must show that not only have you met with changed financial circumstances. These circumstances are likely permanent and were unanticipated at the time the order was put in place.
In order to request your modification, you must file a written request with your area's civil court. It should be noted that the other parent can oppose the modification if they choose.
Seek Back Child Support or Request a Modification in 3 Easy Steps
Child support matters can result in difficulties for both parents. For a parent who is owed money, there is the risk of being unable to support their child. For the parent that owes money, there is the concern of whether they will continue to fall behind because they are no longer able to keep up with payments.
As stated above, the consequences of not paying child support can be extremely severe. Fortunately, DoNotPay can handle each of these problems in three easy steps.
Using DoNotPay to Send a Demand Letter Seeking Payment of Overdue Support
- Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.
- Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.
- Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.
And that's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter on your behalf. If you don't hear back or see the payment within 2 weeks of delivery, you can escalate the case to court.
Using DoNotPay to Lower Your Child Support Payments Through a Modification
- Search child support on DoNotPay and select the state your child support agreement was established in.
- Answer a series of questions about your current financial situation and your past payments to help guide the application.
- Confirm your current contact information, and enter the location of the county court that established your child support agreement, so we can mail your request on your behalf.
Child Support Guides by State
Each state has their rules and regulations when it comes to settling and implementing child support. This can be somehow confusing and also frustrating. If you or someone you know needs assistance, below is a guide from DoNotPay for every state in the US:
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- Help with utility bills
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- Appeal for financial aid
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