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Man in court for traffic stop arrested for unpaid support

Many New Jersey parents have gone their separate ways, leaving their children caught in the middle, hanging in the balance. Custody may be awarded to one or the other-or perhaps both-and child support will likely be required if one parent does not make an amount that would allow them to support themselves and the children. But not all divorces go well and, in some cases, this may cause a parent to stop paying support. In other cases, economic hardship may be the reason that a parent can no longer pay child support.

Regardless of what it was, one man from Long Valley, New Jersey, has been taken into custody because he reportedly owes more than $130,000 in back child support. Washington Township Police reported that the man appeared in court for a prior offense and was arrested when it was learned that he had left $131,691.86 in child support unpaid. The 54-year-old was held in custody on a child support warrant that was activated and issued by the Sussex County Sheriff's Department.

Though this amount of unpaid support is rather high, it is not unheard of. Other parents in other cities and states have been taken into custody for similar reasons with similarly massive support debts. The interesting part of this case was that the man was appearing in court for a motor vehicle stop that occurred in September of this year. According to police, the 54-year-old man was charged with maintenance of lamps, reckless driving, driving while suspended, failure to stop, driving while intoxicated and obstruction of the law.

Upon realizing that the man owed the amount of support he allegedly does, Washington Township Police arrested and processed him. He was later handed over to the Sussex County Sheriff's Department, according to an official with the police.

It was not clear how the case involving the traffic stop would turn out. The results of his arrest for back child support were also unclear. It is likely that he is unable to afford to pay the amount that he owes in full.

Source: Long Valley Patch, "Man Arrested for Owing $131K in Child Support, Cops Say," Oct. 12, 2012

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