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Failing to pay child support is a crime

Child support is almost always a contentious issue in divorce, with parties disagreeing on whether or not the payment is fair. Understandably, the parent paying the child support usually feels that they should not have to give up their hard-earned money, and the parent receiving the child support often struggles to make ends meet even with the financial assistance. Unfortunately, some people who feel that their money is theirs simply decide to stop paying their child support.

It may not seem like a big deal at first, but the truth is that your child and your ex-spouse depend on that money, and you are legally obligated to pay it. You may go on for months refusing to pay for child support, and without any noticeable consequences, you may even think you are getting away with it. And then one day the New Jersey law enforcement officials are tracking you down and demanding the thousands of dollars you owe in child support.

Such a case occurred recently in Paterson, New Jersey, where a man was sought for failing to pay nearly $20,000 in child support. Reports indicate that the suspect fled when he saw the law enforcement officials, but finally surrendered and was arrested.

If you are raising a child in the aftermath of a divorce, your former spouse is legally bound by the terms the court set for the divorce. You are entitled to the child support money, and you should not have to struggle to get by without it. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney if you are not receiving your child support. Legal assistance can help you take action to enforce child support payments that are being evaded.

Source: New Jersey, "Man arrested on $17K child support warrant, sheriff says," Noah Cohen, May 12, 2015

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