2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2a - Administration Of Civil And Criminal Justice
Section 2A:17-56.53 - Actions Permitted By Department To Establish Paternity, Support Orders; Imposition Of Civil Penalty.
2A:17-56.53 Actions permitted by department to establish paternity, support orders; imposition of civil penalty.
4.Subject to safeguards on privacy and information security, prescribed pursuant to subsection b. of section 11 of P.L.1998, c.1 (C.2A:17-56.60), and appropriate procedural due process requirements including, as appropriate, notice, the opportunity to contest and notice of the right to appeal to the court, the department is authorized to take the following actions relating to the establishment of paternity or to the establishment, modification or enforcement of support orders, without the necessity of obtaining an order from the court, and to recognize and enforce the authority of state agencies of other states to take the following actions:
a.Require genetic testing for the purpose of paternity establishment;
b. (1) Subpoena any financial or other information needed for the establishment, modification or enforcement of a support order; and
(2)impose a civil penalty for failure to respond to a subpoena which shall not exceed: $25 per violation, or, if the failure to respond is the result of a conspiracy between the entity and the non-custodial parent not to supply the required information or to supply inaccurate or incomplete information, $500. Payment of the penalty may not be required, however, if in response to the imposition of the penalty, the person or entity complies immediately with the subpoena. All penalties assessed under this section shall be payable to the State Treasurer and may be recovered in a summary proceeding pursuant to "the penalty enforcement law," N.J.S.2A:58-1 et seq.;
c. (1) Request that any entity including for-profit, nonprofit and government employers, respond promptly to a request by the department or any out-of-State IV-D agency for information on the employment, compensation and benefits of any individual employed by the entity as an employee or contractor; and
(2)impose a civil penalty for failure to respond to any request which shall not exceed: $25 per violation, or, if failure to respond is the result of a conspiracy between the entity and the non-custodial parent not to supply the required information or to supply inaccurate or incomplete information, $500. Payment of the penalty may not be required, however, if in response to the imposition of the penalty, the person or entity complies immediately with the subpoena. All penalties assessed under this section shall be paid to the State Treasurer and may be recovered in a summary proceeding pursuant to "the penalty enforcement law," N.J.S.2A:58-1 et seq.;
d.Subject to the nonliability of entities that afford access, to obtain access, including automated access when feasible, to information contained in the following records:
(1)records of other State and local government agencies which include, but are not limited to:
(a)records of the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the Department of Health and Senior Services, and other agencies that collect vital statistics, including marriage, death and birth records;
(b)records of the Division of Taxation in the Department of the Treasury, and local tax and revenue records including address, employer, income and assets;
(c)records concerning real and titled personal property;
(d)records of occupational, professional, recreational and sporting licenses and records concerning the ownership and control of corporations, partnerships and other business entities;
(e)records of the Department of Labor, including wage, unemployment, disability and workers compensation records;
(f)records of agencies administering public assistance programs;
(g)records of the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Transportation, including, but not limited to, motor vehicle and commercial license and registration records; and
(h)records of the Department of Corrections, including records related to State-sentenced inmates and parolees; and
(2)records held by private entities with respect to individuals who owe or are owed support, or against or with respect to whom a support obligation is sought, including information on the assets and liabilities of individuals held by financial institutions and the names and addresses of the individuals and the names and addresses of the employers of the individuals appearing in customer records of public utilities and cable television companies, pursuant to a subpoena authorized under subsection b. of this section;
e.Order income withholding in accordance with the provisions of State and federal law;
f. Direct the obligor or payor to change the payee pursuant to section 7 of P.L.1981, c.417 (C.2A:17-56.13) in cases where support is subject to an assignment or an application for Title IV-D services has been filed;
g.Secure assets to satisfy arrearages by:
(1)intercepting or seizing periodic or lump sum payments from: State or local agencies, including unemployment compensation, workers' compensation or other benefits; judgments, settlements and awards; inheritances; and lotteries;
(2)developing a bank information matching program and attaching and seizing assets of the obligor held in financial institutions located in this State in accordance with the provisions of P.L.1998, c.1 (C.2A:17-56.7a et al.);
(3)attaching public and private retirement funds as permitted under State law; and
(4)imposing a lien and initiating an execution or levy to force the sale of property and distribution of proceeds in accordance with N.J.S.2A:17-1 through N.J.S.2A:17-4, N.J.S.2A:17-57 through N.J.S.2A:17-76 and applicable court rules;
h.Require each party subject to a paternity or child support proceeding to file with the court and the State case registry upon the entry of an order and to update, as appropriate, information on the location and the identity of the party, including, but not limited to: Social Security number, telephone number, driver's license number, residential and mailing addresses, and the name, address, and telephone number of the party's employer; and
i.Unless otherwise ordered by the court in individual cases, increase the amount of monthly support payments to include amounts for arrearages in accordance with schedules approved by the court.
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