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<strong>probation</strong> Services - Child Support Enforcement

probation Services - Child Support Enforcement

Child Support Enforcement Program

Rashad Shabaka-Burns, Director, Office of probation Services
Brenda Beacham, Assistant Director, Office of probation Services
Larry Ashbridge, Chief, Child Support Enforcement
Phone: 609-815-3810
Fax: 609-984-3630

Hours of Operation
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address

Child Support Enforcement Services
P.O. Box 976
Trenton, NJ 08625

About the Program

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) probation Services, Child Support Enforcement Unit seeks to promote the welfare and safety of children, families and communities in New Jersey. There are approximately 300,000 child support cases in the state of NJ, which are monitored and enforced through local probation Divisions.

The AOC probation Services provides oversight to the 21 probation Child Support Divisions within the Judiciary. The primary responsibility of the AOC unit is to develop and implement policies and procedures, provide customer service to external and internal clients and administer technical and liaison support while maintaining confidential protocols. The Intergovernmental Case Registry (ICR) is a unit within the AOC that is responsible for receiving, processing, and distributing all intergovernmental petitions that request the establishment of paternity or support or the enforcement of a support order. The ICR also serves as liaison to all interstate and international partners and responds to inquiries on intergovernmental IV-D cases.

Intergovernmental Central Registry

The Intergovernmental Central Registry (ICR) is a unit within the Administrative Office of the New Jersey Courts (AOC), Office of probation Services. Each state child support agency has a unit responsible for receiving, distributing, and responding to inquiries on intergovernmental child support cases.

What is an Intergovernmental Case?

A case in which the parties live in different states, tribes, or countries, and two agencies are involved with providing child support services. This was formerly known as an Interstate Case.

ICR Services

The ICR has oversight responsibility for processing incoming requests from states, tribes & foreign countries. This includes the following:

  • Receive and process all intergovernmental petitions that request the establishment, enforcement or modification of a support order.
  • Review petitions for completeness. Acknowledge receipt of the case and request missing documentation from the Initiating agency.
  • Forward cases to the division responsible for the next action.
  • Respond to inquiries and assist in resolving complaints received from parties and agencies.
  • Serve as a liaison to facilitate communications between New Jersey, intergovernmental and international child support representatives.

Laws that regulate ICR Services

The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) 2008 is a law enacted by all states that provides the means for establishing and enforcing child support obligations in intergovernmental cases. Among the law’s provisions is the ability of state child support agencies to send withholding orders to employers across state lines.

Amendments to UIFSA 2008 were signed in to law on March 23, 2016 in New Jersey, and became effective April 1, 2016. The 2008 Amendments established uniform procedures for processing UIFSA cases. The amendments also established uniform procedures for processing international child support cases according to the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. The United States is one of many countries that signed the treaty. It went into effect in the U.S. on January 1, 2017.

UIFSA 2008 and International Case Processing:
This is a link to UIFSA 2008 and international case processing information on the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) website. OCSE is the U.S. Central Authority for international child support. They work with states and countries to provide assistance to families seeking support when family members live in different countries.

Additional Information and Inquiries

For additional information about intergovernmental child support cases, you may view the Frequently Asked Questions about Child Support Enforcement and the Other Child Support Enforcement Resources pages.

Also, the ICR may be contacted for guidance.

Phone: 609-815-3820
Fax: 609-984-3630.

Mailing Address:

Administrative Office of the Courts
probation Child Support Enforcement
P.O. Box 960
Trenton, NJ 08625.

Termination of Obligation to Pay Child Support

On February 1, 2017, the Termination of Obligation to Pay Child Support law went into effect. The law applies to all existing child support orders. The obligation to pay child support and/or medical support terminates without order by the court on the date that a child marries, dies, or enters the military service, unless otherwise provided in a court order or judgment. In addition, this law established the 19th birthday as the age when a child support and/or medical support obligation ends. Arrears will continue to be owed; and collected by the probation Child Support Enforcement (PCSE) unit.

Continuation of Child Support

The law allows for child and/or medical support to continue from age 19 up to the dependent's 23rd birthday if the dependent is in high school; is attending full-time postsecondary education (college, vocational, graduate school, etc.); is disabled; if the parties reached a separate agreement; or, if granted by the court.

Continuation of support requires the timely submission of the required proofs. A request received after the due date specified in the notice will not be considered. The party will have to file a petition with the court to request a continuation.

Financial Maintenance

Support through the child support program may only be continued until the dependent's 23rd birthday. However, the parent or the dependent may petition the court to convert the child support obligation to another form of financial maintenance or financial support beyond the age of 23.

Financial maintenance means court-ordered support that is outside of the child support program and therefore not enforceable by the probation Child Support Enforcement Unit (PCSE). The court may still order a parent to pay toward the cost of raising and/or supporting a dependent past his/her 23rd birthday. For example, the court may order one parent to pay toward the cost of the child's college tuition or medical expenses.