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.

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    The New Jersey Child Support Program is pleased to announce that effective September 21, 2015, web chat will be available to child support customers who are viewing their case information on njchildsupport.org.

    Customers must be logged into their case information to access the web chat service. Our new web chat service provides another way for clients to get help and to address their child support issues.  The web chat service will be available from the hours of 9:00am to 4:30pm EST, Monday through Friday. 

    Case information continues to be available via the case information page at www.njchildsupport.org or by calling 877-NJKIDS1 (655-4371). 

    A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

    Sep 17, 2015
  • "Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day” 9/16/15

    The Division of Family Development (DFD) and the Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) is proud to support the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) in promoting “Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day” on September 16, 2015.  This annual event asks fathers/father figures, regardless of their residential status within the home, to take their child to school with the expectation that he will remain engaged throughout the school year and beyond.

    The attached document provides a list of participating schools that have confirmed that they will be hosting a “Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day” event.  Please note that not all events will take place on September 16, 2015 and that additional schools, community centers and child care facilities that are not included on this list may also be hosting an event.   Interested fathers are encouraged to contact their child’s school to determine if an event is scheduled. Click here for more information.
    Sep 14, 2015