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Did employer inspire to reduce father's monthly payments?

No one in New Jersey enjoys handing over a significant portion of their monthly income to bills and other financial obligations. That said, parents who have gone through divorce have an obligation to provide a share of the cost of supporting their child or children. Child support is most commonly paid in monthly payments, the amount of which is determined by evaluating the income of both parents. In an unusual case, one southern state is determining how to respond to a claim that an employer conspired with a parent to fraudulently reduce child support obligations.

The case was brought about when a woman suspected that her former husband was earning more than he reported. She took the matter to court, claiming that her husband and his employer had conspired to intentionally misrepresent the man's income. She claims that her former partner earns more than he reported and that his child support obligations should be based on his actual income.

The case goes on to take the unusual step of attempting to sue the man's employer for conspiring to reduce child support obligations. It is the first case within that state to address that particular issue. The state's Supreme Court has been asked to look into the matter, although it is unclear whether or not the court will take on the case.

Many parents in New Jersey and across the nation feel strongly that child support fraud is a serious matter. They may continue to follow the course of this landmark case as it makes its way through the courts. If the woman is successful in holding the father's employer accountable for conspiring to reduce child support monthly payments, then the outcome could affect families across the nation.

Source: flarecord.com, "Florida appeals court asks state supreme court to take up child support case", Kate Jacobson, Nov. 23, 2016

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