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Child support is vital for a child's basic needs

A decision to divorce in New Jersey can lead to many difficult and complex decisions regarding a couple's newly single lives moving forward. One crucial issue concerns the care of children. Child custody and child support decisions are vitally important to the continued well-being of children involved. Child support is not meant to be a punitive measure. It is there to help ensure that children are adequately provided for.

A recent sweep of people in New Jersey who had become delinquent in child support payments netted the arrests of 38 parents. One parent reportedly owed over $85,000. The combined total for the 38 people arrested was over $854,000. In addition to collecting owed money, the aim of the investigation was to remind noncustodial parents of the importance of child support and its role in providing basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter.

The authorities considered the operation a success. Some parents did pay a portion of what was owed after they were arrested. What is not known is how many parents pay in advance of the operation once they become aware that authorities are looking for them.

Anyone in New Jersey who is having difficulty meeting his or her child support obligation should speak with a family law attorney. Financial circumstances can change and modifications can be made to child support orders when there has been a substantial change in circumstances. A knowledgeable lawyer can review a person's situation and advise one of the legal options available, including a petition for a child support modification through the court. In the meantime, it is best to pay what one can rather than become delinquent on the full amount.

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