Divorce is often quite a mental and emotional hardship for both parties. Financially, things can seem very uncertain when splitting one household into two. In the case of divorces involving children, this is even more pronounced.
Thankfully, we have a system of support designed for the well-being of those children. Child support is the court-ordered financial support that ensures that separated parents remain financially responsible for their children.
Establishing child support is generally a very straightforward process. Depending on what is required in your jurisdiction, you will fill out paperwork and file an application with the courthouse. Paperwork can vary, but will typically include information about the children, the divorce, time spent with either parent, and the income of both.
The next step is to deliver a court summons to the other parent. The summons informs the other parent of the application for child support. This must happen before any movement forward to collect child support for the children can be taken. Legal documents cannot be served by the petitioner. A local sheriff may be employed to deliver these documents, but the timeliness of that service will be determined by how backed-up the court system is and the availability of a sheriff.
Occasionally, the recipient of child support paperwork is avoiding being served. They may be evasive and difficult to locate.
When time is of the essence, hiring a skilled, professional process server will be the best way to get the legal documents where they need to go in a timely manner. Have as much information available as possible to assist your process server with finding a location and serving the process to your ex. This includes known addresses, phone numbers, and possibly a photo.
Process servers tend to move paperwork faster than the local court system. Hiring one may be the best decision you make concerning child support orders.
J&K Investigative Services, Inc. has over 40 years of experience in New Jersey process servicing, as well as national and international service. Please let us use our experience to get your documents served.