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Dad racks up 20 years of delinquent child support payments

Most parents want what is best for their children, but some parents do not know how to financially provide properly. In the event that a parent does not do his or her part to assist with the basic financial needs of his or her children, a New Jersey family law attorney may be able to help. One mother likely sought assistance when her former husband allegedly fled the country to avoid paying child support, and he has been accused of delinquent payments for approximately 20 years.

In 1989 the man was ordered to pay $100 a month to help provide for his four children. After requesting smaller payments, he was later ordered to only pay $14 a month. At some point, the court became aware that the dad was operating a successful online business. However, he apparently sold it for $2 million and fled the country in order to avoid making payments.

He was recently discovered in Canada, allegedly trying to scam a former restaurant owner out of money. According to the owner, the man frequently visited his restaurant, but one particular day he claimed to have broken dental work on a cherry pit. The owner was suspicious of the claim because the cherries used in his drinks rarely contained pits, and the dad produced dental paperwork that appeared to be fake. Curious, the owner used Google to search for the man and stumbled on a Facebook page hosted by the man's son. After reading that the man was wanted for not paying $560,000 in child support payments, the restaurant owner alerted the authorities.

The man was arrested and transported from Canada back to the United States where he is in jail due to his outstanding delinquent payments. Fortunately, not many parents flee the country to avoid payments, allowing some legal options to encourage court-ordered child support payments. New Jersey attorneys are aware that it is difficult for one parent to fund the care of a child or children alone and are often able to offer legal advice and assist in the process.

Source: Newsweek, "'Deadbeat' Dad Owes $560,000 in Child Support, Arrested After 20 Years", Ewan Palmer, Feb. 23, 2018

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