Child Amnesty Week Offers Relief For Delinquent Parents

Child Amnesty Week is April 28-May 3.

Non-custodial parents in New Jersey who have warrants out for their arrest because they are delinquent on their child support payments may avoid jail time and other penalties if they take advantage of Child Support Amnesty Week.

“I recommend that individuals who have fallen behind in their child support payments use this opportunity to make remuneration or establish a payment plan,” Camden County Sheriff Charles H. Billingham said.  “Participation in this amnesty program can help delinquent parents get back on the right track with their support.”

The initiative, which takes place April 28-May 3 is organized by the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Family Development’s Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) and the New Jersey Judiciary.

More than 400,000 New Jersey children depend on child support and 58% of child support cases involve a non-custodial parent who is not meeting his or her payment obligations.

Delinquent parents can visit participating probation child support offices to make a payment and to reach a payment plan regarding back pay and future payments. Those who are able to reach a plan may have their arrest warrants discharged.

Delinquent parents who are unable to reach a payment agreement will not be arrested and will be allowed to leave the premises, but the arrest warrant remains in effect and they may be arrested at any future time.

Those interested in participating can visit www.njchildsupport.org for more information.

For more information about this program or New Jersey Child Support Services, please call 1-877-NJKIDS1 or log onto www.njchildsupport.org.

--Press release from the Camden County Freeholder Board


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