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Crackdown on child support lands several parents in jail

When a marriage ends in New Jersey, many wonder how the property will be divided. Others are concerned about custody of the children, and in many cases, which parent is going to be paying child support.

When custody is determined, the noncustodial parent is often required by courts to make a monthly payment to the parent who has custody of their children. While some parents pay their allotted child support on time every month, this is often not the case. A recent crackdown in Salem County, New Jersey showed that some parents owe astronomical amounts.

A 32-year-old man from Pennsville, New Jersey was arrested on two child support warrants by the Salem County Sheriff's Department. He owed more than $33,000 in child support. Another was taken into custody, a 50-year-old male from Pennsville, owing almost $42,000. Several others were arrested with back support ranging from $3,900 to nearly $34,000. Most of them found themselves in jail after the arrest. The three men that owed the most were put in the Salem County Correctional Facility.

Oftentimes, when a parent chooses not to pay child support, it can be withheld from paychecks or created by repossessing assets. In some states, casino winnings can be kept if an individual is found to owe back child support. When none of these avenues work out, the law can find parents who are not willing to pay in jail. Sometimes, when support payments are not made, the custodial parent is forced to file for public support which means taxpayers are forced to pay the bill for the parents who choose not to pay.

Source: NJ.com, "Pennsville man owing $41,000 in back child support arrested by Salem County Sheriff's officers," Nov. 7, 2011

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