Termination Information for Custodial Parents

When you already have a court order that specifies when support terminates and/or the emancipation of the child(ren). If there is an existing Judgment of Divorce (JOD) or support order that specifies a termination date other than the dependent's 19th birthday, that date is still valid and must be honored so long as it does not exceed the child’s 23rd birthday. Submitting a Request for Continuation of Support is not appropriate. However, if you still receive a termination notice, please follow the instructions for sending in a copy of the JOD or order containing the termination date so we may update our records. If you do not respond, the obligation may terminate on the incorrect date.

If your child is in postsecondary school and you are requesting continuation of support, your child’s school may participate in an online enrollment verification service such as EnrollmentVerify provided by the National Student Clearinghouse®. This service includes immediate online enrollment verifications that may be provided as proof of the child’s educational status. Any fees that apply are the sole responsibility of the requesting party. Remember, any proof provided for education must indicate full-time status. Click here for a list of participating schools. 

If your child is in postsecondary school and you are requesting continuation of support, it is NOT acceptable to send course transcripts, tuition bills or invoices, a college acceptance letter or financial aid documents. As mentioned on the request form, the only acceptable documents are either a letter from the school on letterhead OR an enrollment verification form (provided by the school or third-party vendor).

If your child is in secondary or postsecondary school and you are requesting continuation of support, the future termination date must be entered in the projected graduation date line under the education section of the Request form. It is not necessary to fill in the proposed new termination date at the bottom of the form which is only to be used for children with disabilities.

If you have compiled all your documents and are ready to send your continuation request form, make sure to send the original request form—no fax or photocopies, please! Feel free to make a copy for your records and send back the original form to the New Jersey Family Support Services Center. This will ensure more timely and accurate processing of the continuation request. Similarly, please do not send the continuation request form more than once unless instructed otherwise. Sending the form via regular mail OR certified mail is acceptable but both are not necessary! Remember, your new dependent view tab on the customer portal will indicate whether or not we have received the request form. Mailing the form multiple times may result in errors to the processing of the continuation request.

If you believe that you should have received a termination notice for your child(ren), please ensure that your mailing address information is current and correct through the Update Address Information function on the the customer web portal or by calling 1-877-NJKiDS1.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions found here for more information.