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Program Increases Child Support and Betters Parent-Child Relationships

By Snyder & Sarno on January 08, 2015


It was recently reported that in one county in North Carolina a program has successfully increased fathers’ child support payments.  In particular, the program fosters positive relationships between fathers and their children.  As a result, fathers involved with the program were more likely to make their child support payments.

While there is no similar program in New Jersey, payment of child support by noncustodial parents is also a problem.  In New Jersey, as in many other states, noncustodial parents often do not pay their child support or they make late payments.  In these cases, the custodial parent can turn to the courts for help.  In particular, under Rule 5:3-7, a court can impose a number of sanctions if a noncustodial parent fails to make child support payments.  These sanctions include incarceration, economic penalty, and requiring payment of arrearages. 

Every parent has a duty to support his or her children.  In fact, child support is a right belonging to the child, not the parents.  See Pascale v. Pascale, 140 N.J. 583 (1995).  Thus, if you are not receiving child support payments, or payments are frequently late, you can seek remedies in order to ensure that your child receives support.  Contact the experienced matrimonial attorneys at Snyder & Sarno, LLC to discuss your options.  Call us today at (973) 274-5200.  

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