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Essex County Child Support
Address:212 Washington St., 11th Floor
City:Newark
State:NJ
Zip:07102
Phone:1-877-NJKIDS1 (1-877-655-4371)
Office Hours:M-F 8:30am–4:30pm
Comments:to enforce an existing order
Essex County Department of Citizen Services, Division of Welfare
Address:18 Rector Street, 9th Floor
City:Newark
State:NJ
Zip:07102
Phone:1-877-NJKIDS1 (1-877-655-4371)
Comments:to locate a parent prior to an order
Essex County Family Division
Address:212 Washington St. Central Intake Unit
City:Newark
State:NJ
Zip:07102
Phone:1-877-NJKIDS1 (1-877-655-4371)
Comments:Room # 103, 1st Floor to establish or change an order

Organizational Divisions: What service does each organization provide?

  • Social Services: The County Boards of Social Services; sometimes known as welfare agencies, handle child support cases. The agencies work to find non-custodial parents, establish paternity and file complaints with the courts for child support and paternity. They also provide help with cash assistance (Work First New Jersey), food assistance (SNAP), child care, Medicaid, employment services and other local assistance programs.
  • Family Court: The county Family Courts schedule, conduct, record and keep track of court hearings and orders in a child support case, including issues of custody and visitation.
  • Probation: The county Probation Divisions monitor money due and paid for child support and help make sure the support continues getting paid through various enforcement efforts, if necessary.