There are many New Jersey parents that are familiar with child support orders. Sometimes, when payments become delinquent, the parent responsible for making the payments can face serious consequences. Even people who fall behind by only a few payments are subject to serious penalties as the state has rolled out new efforts regarding child support enforcement.
If a parent is found guilty of willful nonpayment, they may even face time in prison. Many oppose this penalty, because if a parent is incarcerated, it will be even more difficult to keep up with the court-ordered obligations. Child support payments are meant to ensure that children have their needs met as they grow.
Even if the nonpayment is not intentional, a parent can face legal problems. One father found himself in trouble after police made contact with him at his home. The man had always had his support payments deducted from his paychecks, but a recent change in employment had delayed the process. He discovered he was in arrears in an amount close to $1,000, and was arrested at his residence late at night. It is not uncommon for police to serve warrants for contempt of court regarding child support in the wee hours, as many parents will be home in the evenings, making it difficult to evade arrest.
If a New Jersey parent is concerned about a child support enforcement issue, it can be a good idea to face the problem before it escalates to criminal charges. Contacting an experienced attorney can help parents feel more confident as they attempt to remedy the situation. An attorney can help a parent explore available legal options, regardless of whether the client is owed child support or obligated to pay it.