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Child support enforcement sweep takes state by storm

The state of New Jersey takes child support orders very seriously, recognizing that it is important for children in the Garden State to have access to the financial support to which they are entitled by law. Though often overlooked when people think of serious crime, non-payment of child support is a serious offense. A recent effort by police focuses on child support enforcement.

Though police are always looking for parents who willfully refuse to keep current on payments, they have established an annual sweep, headed by a special task force. This group of officers spends a few days trying to track down parents who have warrants for non-payment. If convicted, a parent can face fines, jail time and other serious consequences. 

It is estimated that there is nearly a million dollars that has gone unpaid annually in child support cases in one county alone. Authorities state that this offense leaves thousands of local children to go without, and can place a heavy financial burden on the other parent to try to provide for more than his or her established share of a child's needs. Once a child support order is put into place by a court, it is against the law to knowingly disobey the order, and such behavior is prosecuted as a crime. 

If a New Jersey parent feels he or she needs assistance filing, changing or enforcing a child support order, he or she may want to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney can help a parent when he or she has to present the case in court. Child support enforcement is handled by a specific legal process, and a parent need not attempt to figure it out on one's own. 

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