A new Reciprocal Agreement will compel New Jersey and the Dominican Republic to assist each other with ensuring the support of children by their parents within their jurisdictions. Currently, there are 536 active cases in the New Jersey Child Support System for which one party resides in the Dominican Republic.

The landmark agreement has been signed by the Dominican Republic’s Attorney General, Dr. Radhamés Jiménez Peña and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Jennifer Velez.

The agreement, which becomes effective immediately, is expected to give New Jersey an important enforcement tool with the ability to establish and collect child support from parents living in the Dominican Republic. An official announcement is scheduled for tomorrow.