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New Jersey child support: Legal assistance can help recoup money

New Jersey parents embroiled in child support battles know how frustrating it can be to not receive the money that they and their children are entitled to receive. Such battles can end up in court repeatedly and can sometimes result in criminal charges for the other parent. One man has been jailed after being accused of owing $80,000 in back child support.

The man has apparently tried to avoid paying his required child support by changing his name. His child support problems date back to the early 1980s. The newest case for him began in February of last year. He owes child support for 14 children and has been named in 15 paternity suits by nine mothers.

The Nebraska man has been hit with 11 bench warrants and he has since been arrested. He was released shortly after, but the judge found him in contempt in all of the cases and again sentenced him to a jail term of over four years. However, the sentences were suspended and this will allow him the opportunity to pay back the money he owes and rid himself of the contempt orders. He has until the first day of December to begin paying back the money. If he fails to do so, he will head back to jail.

While most New Jersey cases will never go this far, child support can become a very contentious issue. Parents who are required to pay child support can be criminally charged if they fail to meet their obligations, unless they petition for a court-approved support modification. Living without child support can be difficult for single parents, but fortunately they have legal options available to them that may help recoup the money they are owed. Knowing one's rights when it comes to family law may assist them in receiving what they are entitled to.

Source:, "Man owes $80K in back child support; has 15 paternity cases," Jonathan Edwards, Oct. 25, 2012

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