New Jersey and Dominican Republic Sign Reciprocal Child Support Arrangement
On April 18th New Jersey became the first State to enter into a reciprocal child support arrangement with the Dominican Republic. The arrangement was signed by New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez and Dominican Republic Attorney General Dr. Radhamés Jiménez Peña and witnessed by New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and Dominican Republic Assistant Attorney General Dr. Marisol Tobal. Commissioner Vicki Turetsky of the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OSCE) was represented at the signing ceremony by Jens Feck, OCSE’s Regional Program Manager, Kesha Rodriguez, OCSE’s Program Specialist assigned to New Jersey and Yvette Riddick, OCSE’s Director of the Division of Policy.
Interest in signing this arrangement – which allows parents to establish and enforce obligations in both places without having to leave their home jurisdiction – dates back to a conversation between New Jersey Child Support Director Alisha Griffin and Dr. Tobal at a Regional Child Support Directors’ meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2008. Numerous follow-up communications and meetings coordinated by Ms. Rodriguez led to the historic signing of this reciprocal arrangement which Director Griffin praised as one that helps to ensure “that children get the support they need and deserve no matter where they reside.” The arrangement is effective immediately.