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Child support: Man paid $40,000 in delinquent payments

Children need support of all kinds from their parents, including financial. When a child and his or her custodial parent don't receive court-ordered child support payments, it can have a drastically-negative effect on the child's life. It is imperative that parents in New Jersey make and receive payments in accordance with existing child support orders. One out-of-state family's story shows just how delinquent payments can affect kids and those who care for them.

The father was charged back at the beginning of the year with felony failure to pay child support. He owed over $85,000 to his ex-wife for the care of his two children with her, his son and daughter. He now must pay a lump-sum of $40,000 to her. As a result, the rest of the payments will be discharged.

The payments went back 15 years, and are a small portion of the $13.5 million that the local Child Support Unit has collected in total over the past year. The man's daughter, who is now 23 years old, made a victim-impact statement talking about how the missing payments affected her and her brother. She hopes that her father fully recognizes how his actions affected other people and that she is ultimately proud of herself for the person she has grown to be.

Sometimes when parents have delinquent payments, it may be because of a change in their personal financial circumstances. Those here in New Jersey who are having difficulty making or receiving child support payments may want to examine the terms of their child support order with a legal professional. Anyone who has questions about creating a child support agreement may also want to consult with an attorney to ensure that children receive the proper level of care.

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