Child Support and Paternity Program (CSP)

The Child Support and Paternity Program (CSP) is a Federal, State and County effort to ensure that children are financially supported by their parents.

Under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, the CSP Unit of the Union County Division of Social Services is mandated to locate the non-custodial parent, to establish paternity for children born out of wedlock and to obtain support orders. We provide these services for both TANF and non-TANF families. The legal staff of the Union County Division of Social Services assists in representing our agency in court on custody proceedings, upward modifications of support judgments, seizure of assets, interstate Child Support Complaints (URESA) etc. However, the local probation offices are responsible for enforcement of the court orders.

In New Jersey, under the Division of Family Development, the State Office of Child Support and Paternity with the cooperation of the Administrative Office of the Courts, assists the counties by operating the State Parent Locator Service, Tax Offset Program, and also the Unemployment Insurance Benefits Program.

The Automated Child Support Enforcement Systems, known by its acronym ACSES, provided complete profiles of each absent parent case; it tracks the locations, payment history and obligation of the absent parents throughout the State of New Jersey.

The Federal Government, under Title IV-E, mandates that the Child Support and Paternity Program provide location services, pursue paternity, and evaluate and collect support payments for children placed in foster care by the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).