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The importance of child support compliance in New Jersey

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Child Support

In New Jersey, as in all states, child support is a legal obligation to ensure the well-being of children after their parents get a divorce. Failing to meet this responsibility can have far-reaching consequences.

When life interferes with your ability to pay, it can be tempting to do nothing and hope the matter resolves itself. But that is risky for far too many reasons to list. Instead of addressing them all, here are three compelling reasons to stay on top of your child support obligations.

1. Enforcement consequences

In New Jersey, failing to pay child support can result in wage garnishment, tax refund seizure, license suspension and several more harsh collection methods. These enforcement strategies are meant to deter nonpayment, and can substantially worsen your economic circumstances.

2. Preserving child bonds

Child support is more than a financial transaction – it is a tangible expression of your commitment to your child. A consistent and stable financial environment is essential for a child’s emotional and psychological development. Sharing the costs of their needs shows your child you care, reinforcing your parent-child bond.

3. Improves parenting relationship

Regular payments can significantly reduce conflicts you may have with your co-parent. It demonstrates a shared commitment to the child’s needs and can foster a more cooperative and collaborative relationship. Such harmony is beneficial for you and helps ensure your kids thrive in a conflict-free environment.

Do not ignore any struggles you may face in meeting your support obligations. Speak with someone who understands New Jersey family law matters to discuss your options. It may be possible to have your child support orders modified until you are in a better position to comply with your original orders.

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