This depends on the circumstances of your case and the services you want. If you know where the noncustodial parent lives, establishing a support order usually takes 90 days or less. Generally, payments start about two weeks after the order is entered if the noncustodial parent pays as directed. Once the account is set up, payments will be processed and sent within two working days after the state receives the payment. If you need other services such as location or paternity establishment, it may take longer before you start receiving payment. If you already have a support order issued in New Jersey, it take about 14 working days to set up an account and notify the noncustodial parent how to make payments. You will not receive a support payment, however, if the noncustodial parent does not pay. Please be patient after you file the application for services. It takes time to notify everyone about hearings, the legal rights and payment procedures. Once an account is established and the noncustodial parent is paying, you should receive payments on a regular basis.
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