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For immediate release: December 12, 2005
Trial Court Administrator's Office
Jude Del Preore or Donna Mazzanti
Superior Court of New Jersey
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, New Jersey 08060
609-518-2510

Burlington's Child Support Program Exceeds Collections Goal

MOUNT HOLLY - Burlington County's Assignment Judge John A. Sweeney announced that the Superior Court's Child Support Program collected a total of $63,095,189 in child support payments for the Federal Fiscal Year ending on September 30, 2005. This effort marks a 7.5% percent increase over the previous year's totals and notably is the first year that the Burlington Court surpassed 60 million dollars. Each year, statewide collection goals are established for each county court. These goals are set jointly by state Executive and Judicial Branch child support entities. Burlington County exceeded the 62.85 million dollar goal established.

The Judiciary's Child Support Program is responsible for locating missing parents, establishing and enforcing support and medical orders, and collecting child support payments. There are several court divisions involved in this effort working in a partnership role. Judge Sweeney said, "I am very proud of the efforts of our staff in achieving this important milestone. It was truly a team effort."

Each of the court divisions has a different role to play. The Family Division of court is responsible for the establishment of orders involving paternity, medical provisions, and child support. The Probation Division monitors and enforces these orders using a wide range of collection techniques. The Finance Division collects and processes payments. A coordinating committee met regularly during the year to ensure a priority focus on the critical need for all divisions to integrate their efforts.

Judge Sweeney and Court Administrator Jude Del Preore will recognize these efforts in a special program scheduled in January. This significant achievement also marks the fact that Burlington County Court's Child Support Program has met or exceeded goal for nine out of the past eleven years. Next year's goal has already been set at 67.83 million dollars.

"Many court staff members work hard day in and day out in support of the children," Sweeney said. "We look to continue to improve our program through networking and collaboration in order to enhance the lives of the families and children we serve."

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