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New Jersey comedian ordered to pay back child support

A nationally known comedian from New Jersey is at the center of a child support dispute. Joe Piscopo has been accused of falling behind on child support payments totaling approximately $30,000. He has now been ordered to pay his ex-wife $10,000 by the end of December. If he fails to pay his required obligation, it could mean the comedian will serve jail time.

The woman filed for divorce back in 2006. Per the terms of the agreement, he is required to pay his ex-wife $5,000 per month in child support and an additional $10,000 per month in spousal support. The comedian's attorney argued that his client had a mostly inconsistent income lately, and when he did work, he was not receiving a regular paycheck.

He has apparently been attempting to pay off his debt to his ex-wife and has reduced the total amount to about $50,000. The woman claims the late support payments are hindering her ability to pay her bills on time. Her representation stated they have proof he is working, based on the gigs he has listed on his website.

The New Jersey couple has three children together and married in 1997. When a parent fails to make good on their child support obligations, it can cause difficulty for the other party. Fortunately, both parties have legal options available to them. If the person ordered to pay support is struggling financially, they can petition for a child support modification of future payments if there has been a substantial change in financial circumstances. However, the parent who is supposed to receive the payments can also take action in the courts if the other fails to make good on their required obligations.

Source: NJ.com, "Judge orders Joe Piscopo to pay $10K in child support," Julia Terruso, Nov. 30, 2012

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