Maple Shade, NJ asked in Child Support for New Jersey

Q: I owe child support in NY, can I open/start a security company in NJ (I now reside in NJ)?

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Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
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  • Millburn, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: From a practical standpoint, wouldnt it be easier to simply pay off whatever you owe in outstanding child support and then apply for a licence in NJ for the security operation? What if you begin the operation and then find that NY has filed an application for suspension of your licensing for non-payment of child support? My advice is to clean up your outstanding obligations first or speak to the probation department officer from NY and work out a payment plan to pay off the amount owed in back child support. By doing so, you will not have to look over your shoulder or worry that this issue could derail your new venture.

Bari Weinberger
Bari Weinberger
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  • Parsippany, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Thank you for your question. Most states have what is called full faith and credit meaning that states will enforce other state's orders. Thus, simply because you owe child support in NY and move to NJ and open a business there, does not negate your obligation to pay support in NY.

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