States issue child support orders under their jurisdiction. If you live in New Jersey, you can apply for child support through the New Jersey Child Support Program. If you and the other parent both live in New Jersey, enforcing the child support order is easy.
But what if the payor (the parent paying child support) lives in another state? How can you enforce an interstate child support order? Today, it’s not uncommon for parents to live in different states, so these questions are worth exploring with a Short Hills child support attorney. If you need help with child support interstate enforcement in Short Hills, do not hesitate to reach out to one of our dedicated attorneys.
Under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, New Jersey child support orders are enforceable in other states. In Short Hills, employers must comply with income withholding requirements for interstate child support orders. For example, if the payor lives and is employed in Texas, the employer must follow protocol for child support income withholding for a New Jersey child support order.
The act also requires employers to comply with child support orders from tribal governments and some countries. New Jersey and the federal government have agreements with 27 countries and 13 Canadian provinces to hold parents living abroad liable for child support obligations. Parents who try to evade child support obligations could face criminal charges. It is a federal crime to move to another state with the intent of avoiding a child support obligation.
If the noncustodial parent resides out of state, you can collect child support. Typically, a child support obligation in Short Hills is going to be payable through the probation department. If the noncustodial parent lives out of state, the probation department still has ways of collecting the support obligation, such as:
If you are not receiving support through the probation department and your noncustodial parent is paying it directly, you will need to initiate an action through the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). When you initiate a UIFSA action in New Jersey, they will notify the noncustodial parent in his or her state. In that state, a separate court proceeding will be filed and started so that child support can be addressed, both in terms of enforcement as well as the calculation of arrears.
Interstate child support enforcement is essential to ensure all children in Short Hills have the right to financial support by their parents, regardless of where those parents live. Payee parents (those receiving child support) have other protections as well. States calculate child support using standard guidelines and keep detailed records of arrears. Without these valuable protections, children can suffer.
Getting a child support order can be challenging. It is more difficult if you aren’t familiar with the many laws governing child support in New Jersey. Thus, it’s crucial you speak with an experienced child custody lawyer. A custody lawyer can get you a fair child support order and help you enforce it, no matter where the other parent lives.
Do you need child support help? If so, Williams Law Group, LLC can help. Our skilled attorneys can advise you of your rights and help you obtain a fair child support order. Our knowledgeable attorneys could handle your case if you need help with child support interstate enforcement. Contact us to schedule a consultation and ultimately get you connected with an experienced divorce and child custody attorney.