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Man's lottery win has many talking about child support

Child support is a topic that affects married and unmarried couples alike. In New Jersey, the subject of unpaid child support has been renewed because of a man who recently won the Powerball jackpot. According to reports, the man won $338 million but has not paid the child support that was due to the mother of his children for some time. At one point, police had put a warrant out for his arrest due to the amount of delinquent support he owed: $29,000.

That warrant was issued in 2009. The man has five children that vary in age, all of them falling between 5 and 23 years old. Reports did not clarify which children were owed the support. Regardless, the topic falls back to unpaid child support.

There are several reasons that this man might have allowed his unpaid child support to accumulate to such a level. One reason could be that he did not want to pay. Individuals who choose to do this are often called "deadbeats" because society perceives them as not wanting to live up to the responsibility of raising a child, or at least contributing to the task. The other possibility is that this man, like many others, was a victim of the recession and could not afford to make payments.

But now that he has won millions of dollars, reports indicate that he is taking care of the situation. It would be alarming if he chose not to pay child support now, potentially offending many people throughout the country. In reality though, many people are due child support -- about 13.7 million custodial parents in the nation -- and many people cannot afford to meet the required amounts.

If this is the case for you, consider hiring an attorney to have your child support order modified. Many people have done this in the past and many will do it in the future. Modifications allow individuals to have their current economic situation evaluated and their child support requirements redetermined as appropriate.

Source: Christian Science Monitor, "$338M Powerball win shows odds stacked against kids who need child support," Lisa Suhay, March 29, 2013

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