Every so often, reports appear in New Jersey or elsewhere about fathers having to pay support for children that are not theirs. A talk show host in another state is fighting such a battle after learning that the girl he raised and paid child support for during his marriage and after his divorce was not his child. Unfortunately, the man reportedly tried to resolve the issue on his own with no success.
The best interests of the children are always the primary focus when child support obligations are determined. The New Jersey Child Support Guidelines govern the calculation of child support in the majority of cases. Factors typically include the incomes and deductions of both parents, parenting time, child care costs in establishing an appropriate amount. The loving support of both parents is an important ingredient to help children to grow into well-adjusted, responsible individuals.
The hope and expectation for New Jersey courts that have ordered a child support amount and for the parent who will be receiving child support payments is that the payments are made in full and on time. Unfortunately, it is all too common for nonpayment to occur. If for some reason the non-custodial parent has a change in situation, like severe illness, job change or loss, he or she may petition the court for a formal child support modification.
Sometimes, paying child support feels like a lifelong endeavor with various agreements within the court system as to when the support will end. However, there are three lawmakers in New Jersey who are attempting to pass a law that will clearly define at what age child support should legally end. At this time, the ending date is open and can change depending on the specific circumstances of each case.
Rapper DMX, or Earl Simmons, was arrested in another state on Friday night. This time, the hardcore hip-hop star was arrested and brought before the judge following his failure to pay court-mandated child support outside of Radio City Music Hall just before he was to appear in a concert with The Lox and Shabba Ranks. Although the arrest took place in another state, New Jersey fans may be interested in the details surrounding this case.
A New Jersey man who apparently owed back child support has been arrested. At the time of his arrest, he is said to have owed in excess of $145,000 for overdue child support obligations. The 53-year-old man also had two other warrants at the time that he was apprehended and incarcerated.
New Jersey residents may be interested to know that one of the biggest stars who ever worked as a Harlem Globetrotter is being sued by his ex-wife and son. The suit says that Meadowlark Lemon owes his ex-wife $250,000 in back child support. Lemon and his ex-wife divorced in 1977 after 22 years of marriage.
New Jersey officials take nonpayment of child support very seriously and actively pursue those who fail to make timely payments to their child's other parent. Therefore, they seek out nonpayers and bring them into court to try to force them to follow the court's orders. Recently, detectives in New Jersey were patrolling and saw a man who they knew to be delinquent with his child support payments.
Some New Jersey readers may not understand all of the obligations of court ordered child support payments. Recently, a young woman who thought that she would benefit from support payments until she turned 23 found out the hard way that was not the case. The reason the existing child support order and college financial support was vacated was because the woman was found to have been emancipated.
Child support laws are written to represent the best interests of children. However, there are times when the law requires that a man pay child support even if the child is proved to not be his. New Jersey fathers who are being required to pay child support for children who do not belong to them may sympathize with an out-of-state man who is in a similar situation.