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Skipping child support payments could lead to jail in New Jersey

When individuals who have underage children go through divorce, it is likely that the noncustodial parent will be required to make support payments. Child support can help custodial parents better provide for their children's needs. However, if the noncustodial parents fail to make those payments, legal action could result.

New Jersey parents may be interested in a case involving a man in another state who apparently failed to make his support payments. Reports indicated that the man was ordered to make the payments in 2007 after he and his wife divorced. The amount of the payment was $216 a week. He apparently made reduced and sporadic payments over the course of more than three years before eventually stopping payments altogether.

As a result of the reduced and missing payments, the man is said to have owed more than $90,000 in child support. He also moved to a different state, which was considered a federal crime due to his owing over $10,000 in payments. He was recently taken into custody and pleaded guilty to not making his support payments. As a result, he could face jail time and a considerable fine. 

If individuals are having difficulty making child support payments, they may wish to assess their state of affairs. Rather than simply not making the payments and risking jail time, they may wish to determine whether seeking support modifications could suit their circumstances. Information on pursuing such modifications in New Jersey may help parents living in the state work toward a more feasible payment amount and avoid possible jail time.

Source:, "Florida man pleads guilty to not paying $90,000 in child support", Judy Harrison, Sept. 16, 2015

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