As any parent in New Jersey who is trying to collect delinquent child support can tell you, it's not easy to take time off work to visit or call the Child Support Enforcement Division, the agency which manages enforcement efforts, just to find out the status of payments due to that parent. This agency, despite its best efforts, is overwhelmed with tens of thousands of cases, so getting an employee to provide updated information about the status of a case is challenging, on a good day. Now, a more efficient process has been designed to assist those who need to better track the status of money owed for child support.
In a recent public battle between a teenager and her parents in New Jersey, the issue of whether a parent is obligated to pay for their child's college education was put to the test. In that case, because the child's parents were not divorced, the answer was "no." However, the answer is not so clear when divorced parents have signed an agreement agreeing to pay child support by contributing to a college education.