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How is child support payment enforced?

Child support is an extremely important area of family law that is designed to ensure that children are able to maintain the same or nearly the same quality of life after a divorce that they became accustomed to before the divorce. Many factors go into determining what is considered a fair amount of child support, including the income of the parent paying child support and the amount of time that a parent can spend with the child directly.

While many people who are required to pay child support feel that the amount is unfair, the courts try to establish child support that is fair to all parties, but most importantly is in the best interests of the child. Unfortunately, this is not enough for some people, and when individuals feel that they are required to pay too much in child support, they may simply decide not to pay.

Refusing to pay child support is not advised, because despite what you may believe, there are ramifications. When one parent is able to prove that the other has fallen behind on child support payments, the courts may take action in order to recover the lost child support or ensure that the parent pays in the future. This can be done by directly siphoning money away from a person through wage garnishment or interception of tax refunds. Alternatively, parents who refuse to pay may be denied passports, have their licenses suspended or even face jail time.

If you are not receiving the child support that you deserve, or if you are being punished for failing to pay child support that you can no longer afford, do not hesitate to contact an attorney. New Jersey residents are encouraged to seek legal assistance to help them with their child support needs to ensure that their lives and the lives of their children are not negatively affected.

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