Sometimes people think that child support is something that is only part of a divorce. However, like seeking temporary child custody, victims in a domestic violence matter have the ability to request temporary child support as part of the TRO. You can also file a separate motion for child support should you, and the abusive parent separate without a TRO in place.
Child support can even be managed through electronic bank transfers, and no contact with the abusive parent is needed to collect it. Children have the right to be financially supported by both of their parents, even if the parent paying has limited or no contact with the child as a result of the domestic violence.
If the abusive parent refuses to pay support, New Jersey has a number of enforcement options available, including wage garnishment.
Bari Zell Weinberger is the owner and managing partner of Weinberger Law Group in New Jersey. She is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.