How is child support enforced in New Jersey?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2023 | Child Support |

Life after divorce can be more challenging than the divorce itself, especially when unavoidable circumstances get in the way of financial obligations. However, conditions and responsibilities decided during the divorce, such as meeting child support payments, are essential.

Some parents may fail to meet scheduled payments because of financial issues and other concerns. Still, it is vital to address noncompliance when it becomes repetitive, turning into a habit. Allowing it to go on can have grave repercussions, impacting the child and their ability to afford necessities.

If a parent is failing to fulfill their child support payments, the court can enforce the arrangement by ordering various actions, including the following:

  • Setting hearings and producing warrants
  • License suspensions
  • Taking out the overdue amount from income or tax refunds
  • Putting liens on the parent’s assets
  • Taking the payments off from compensation arising from lawsuits

Additionally, the court can cover the payments by intercepting winnings from the lottery or ordering sanctions, such as denying the parent’s passport. Issues involving child support are serious matters that may have severe consequences, especially if the noncompliant party continues to miss payments.

Adjusting child support accordingly

A parent may be unable to make child support payments because of extenuating circumstances, impacting their income and livelihood. If so, adjusting the support amount and modifying the order might be appropriate. These options are sometimes inevitable, mainly if recent developments significantly affect the parent’s life.

When facing child support issues, it can be beneficial to seek legal counsel immediately. Doing so can reduce the risk of facing sanctions for noncompliance and determine ways to address obstacles that make it challenging to pay for child support correctly.



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