A closer look at child support payment obligations

As important as it is for parents to understand what the law says about their rights and responsibilities concerning child support, it’s equally important for them to understand how the child support payment system actually works.

In other words, it’s important for both the payee — the parent receiving the payments — and the payor — the parent making the payments — to understand not just the why, but the how of child support here in New Jersey.

Income withholding — wages   

When it comes to child support payments, income withholding is the norm in the majority of situations here in the Garden State. What this means is that employers will automatically deduct the child support amount that an employee/payor is required to pay from their paycheck and forward it on to the New Jersey Family Support Payment Center, which will then ensure the money gets to the payee.

The idea behind income withholding is that it not only ensures regular, on-time payments for the payee, but also helps the payor avoid running afoul of the law.

Income withholding — other forms of income  

It’s important for payors to understand that income withholding also applies to disability payments, Social Security benefits, unemployment, public assistance and other sources of income.

Self-employment and other situations where income withholding is not applied

If a payor is self-employed or is not making payments via income withholding, they are responsible for ensuring that all child support is paid in accordance with the existing court order, meaning a check for the full amount (complete with case number or Social Security number) is mailed to the NJFSPC on time and with a payment coupon.

If you would like to learn more about your rights, obligations and options as they relate to child support, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible.

Source: New Jersey Department of Human Services, “New Jersey child support program handbook,” June 2013

Date Published: February 7, 2017

Written by: Cooper Levenson, P.A.

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