New Jersey law specifies the procedure for calculating child support and takes many factors into account. Child support payments cannot be waived in New Jersey, so it is important to make these payments when ordered to do so by a court. Failure to make child support payments can incur a number of penalties, including jail time, as a man in Clinton Township has recently discovered.
The man was a backseat passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over on Route 31. The car had a cracked windshield, and some of the occupants were not wearing seatbelts.
A search of one of the passengers discovered a bag of pills that were later determined to contain oxycodone, a potent painkiller. A subsequent investigation also showed that the driver was wanted on multiple warrants, one of which was for child support.
Police reported that the total value of the motor vehicle and criminal warrants was approximately $12,000, and the warrants were issued by various municipalities within Somerset County. The child support warrant was for failing to make payments totaling to $58,213.99. The man was unable to post bail and was still in the Hunterdon County Jail as of Aug. 27.
Unfortunately, sometimes a parent will hide assets or even hide from police to avoid making required child support payments. Parents who wish to hold a non-custodial parent accountable under a child support order may need the assistance of a family law attorney. Likewise, parents who owe support should be fully aware of their rights and obligations as they are stipulated in the court order.
Source: Hunterdon Review, "Clinton Township Police nab Pennsylvania man on criminal, child support warrants," Carlos Illescas, Aug. 27, 2012