In today’s society, it is common for people to relocate several times over the course of a lifetime. If you have just moved to New Jersey and you have a Support Order or Judgment of Divorce from another State which includes alimony and/or child support, you may be wondering how you can make sure your ex keeps up with his or her obligations now that you have relocated.
New Jersey has adopted the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). Under UIFSA and relevant New Jersey law, once an obligee registers his or her out-of-state-Support Order in New Jersey, that Support Order becomes enforceable to the same extent as if it had originally been entered in New Jersey.
In other words, imagine a couple who divorced in Texas before the wife moved to New Jersey. Their Judgment of Divorce obligates the husband to pay child support and alimony, but he stops paying once the wife relocates. Under UIFSA, all the wife has to do is register her Texas Judgment of Divorce in New Jersey and the courts here can use the same methods to make sure her ex keeps up with his support obligations as if the couple had divorced in New Jersey. Therefore, because of UIFSA, there is no reason to fear relocating out-of-state after a divorce!
In order to register your out-of-state support Order or Judgment of Divorce, you must send the Order or Judgment, along with any supporting documentation, to the Family Division in your county, or to a New Jersey support enforcement agency such as the Probation Department.
New Jersey Courts have several means available to enforce support Orders and/or Judgments of Divorce if your ex stops paying, but it can be confusing to discern which method is best suited to your needs. Fortunately, experienced New Jersey divorce attorneys, like those at Salvaggio Law Group LLC, are here to help.
Salvaggio Law Group LLC devotes its entire practice to New Jersey Divorce and Family Law matters, including issues relating to alimony and child support. If you want to talk, please call us at 973-855-3595 or fill out the Contact Form on our website.