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Child support is more than just money

It is the responsibility of each parent - both mother and father - to make sure their child has enough food to eat, clothes to wear and a safe place to live. Still, some children do not get the support they need.

Regardless of their living situation or relationship, both parents should provide the financial, medical and emotional support a child needs to grow into a responsible adult. New Jersey's Child Support Program can help.

There are two parents in every child support case. One is the custodial parent (or the payee) - the one who lives with the child and has the primary day-to-day responsibility. And the other is the non-custodial parent (or the payor) - who also has important responsibilities.

Co-parenting is vital to maintaining a healthy relationship with your child. Although one person may have the day-to-day duties, taking shared responsibility is a key element in the support and success of children.

Remember: your child has the right to support and you have the right to this help. All the services described on this site are available to you.

We hope the information here will help you find your way along the child support road. Keep in mind: Child support is more than just money. If you would like more information, call the New Jersey Child Support Information Line, 1-877-NJKIDS1. Click here for the Guide to NJ Child Support Hotline Short Cuts.
 


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NJ Child Support Handbook and Brochure

NJ Child Support Handbook and Brochure

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Please be advised that due to inclement weather, the New Jersey Office of Child Support Services will be closing at 1:00 PM today, Monday, January 26, 2015 and will be closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Individual county offices and courts may be open but may have limited services.

For courts please visit www.judiciary.state.nj.us.

For county board of social services please visit www.nj.gov/humanservices/dfd/programs/njsnap/cwa/index.html