When two parents do not stay in a relationship together, the hope is that they can still work together for the benefit of any children that they share. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some parents even fail to make necessary child support payments. In these situations, a New Jersey parent who is owed that money may feel as though he or she has no recourse, but that is often not the case. One woman from out of state has proved that, as she has been awarded $150,000 in unpaid child support that accumulated over 50 years.
The woman, who is now 74 years old, says that she had an epiphany that her state had no statute of limitations on unpaid child support. She decided to try and locate her ex-husband, whom she divorced in the early 70s, and file a motion in court to see if she could get the payments that were owed to her. Though he left the country shortly after their divorce was finalized and never made a payment, she found he was now living in the United States once again and appeared to have an affluent lifestyle.
Originally, the woman worked as an interior designer while she supported her daughter on her own. Though she says she was able to send her daughter to college, she laments that they had to live paycheck to paycheck. When the woman filed her motion in court for the money he owed her, he said that he was happy to do what was right. The woman will receive an initial lump sum and then payments over time until the amount owed is paid off.
Though this woman's situation is unusual, a parent who is in a similar situation can learn a great deal from her story. If a parent in New Jersey is not being paid court-ordered child support, there are ways to pursue payment through proper legal channels. An attorney who specializes in family law can assist anyone with questions regarding their rights and options.