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How do you collect child support in New Jersey?

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As of 2015, the first step to collect child support in New Jersey is to call the Customer Service Bureau hotline at 877-655-4371. This number is available 24 hours a day and provides information on payments, tax offset, visitation, credit bureau reporting and related issues, explains New Jersey Courts.

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The CSB is under the Administrative Office of the Courts. It responds to questions and handles complaints. The location, address and phone number for the local Customer Service Bureau in each county in New Jersey is available from the New Jersey Courts website.

A parent can apply for child support by downloading an application from NJchildsupport.org, or by obtaining an application at any of the county Board of Social Services locations, the Probation Division or the Family Court, or by calling the hotline. There is also an online handbook available from the NJ Child Support website, which describes the process in detail. A child support handbook is available in Spanish as well.

Under the Department of Social Services, the state of New Jersey has established a separate administrative office that handles non-judicial enforcement of child support cases, explains DivorceNet by Nolo. The DSS Office of Child Support Services can help locate absent parents, establish paternity, and collect and distribute child support payments, among other functions. It also can provide help with enforcement in other states and enforce child medical support obligations.

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