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New Jersey man arrested for back-due child support

In these tough economic times, many New Jersey parents may be experiencing difficulty regarding their financial obligations. In some cases, those obligations may include court-ordered child support to the custodial parent. However, a failure to pay this support may not only lead to criminal and civil penalties, but it also may place the well-being of the child in jeopardy.

Recently, one New Jersey man was taken into custody for being behind $34,881 in his child support payments. The arrest of the 45-year-old man happened on April 7 and came after an officer recognized him at a local business. He also had two other arrest warrants for unrelated matters.

There are many reasons why a non-custodial parent may fall short in their financial obligations. Unemployment, medical expenses or some other unexpected calamity may lead to a sudden shortfall in salary that makes it difficult not only to pay child support but other bills as well. No matter the reason, though, non-custodial parents have a duty to support their child or children. Failing to do so might very well endanger the child's best interests.

In order to avoid criminal and civil penalties, those who fear they are falling behind in their payments might consider requesting a modification of the child support. Likewise, custodial parents have every right to press their claims, and may request the assistance of the judicial system to do so. In this case, with the man now under arrest, it may now be possible to begin collecting on his substantial back-due payments for the benefit of his offspring.

Source: NJ.com, "Lambertville police arrest man who is $34,881 behind in child support," April 9, 2012

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