Paying Child Support

Federal law requires child support payments to be automatically deducted from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck. Income withholding makes it easier for the custodial parent to receive timely, regular payments, and for the non-custodial parent to take care of this obligation. The employer deducts the child support amount and sends it to the New Jersey Family Support Payment Center (NJFSPC), which then provides payment to the custodial parent.

In rare cases, a judge and the parties may determine another way for the non-custodial parent to pay support.

Income withholding may also be applied to unemployment benefits, Social Security benefits, disability payments, and other income the parent may receive. If the non-custodial parent is self-employed, the court order for child support sets out how the support will be paid.

If the custodial parent receives public assistance, the child support payment goes to the State that provided the assistance. The custodial parent may, in some circumstances, receive up to $100 of each month’s current child support payment in addition to their grant.