In a previous post, our blog discussed how incredibly important it is for parents here in New Jersey to have a comprehensive understanding of the state’s child support system, including their rights and responsibilities, and the intricacies of the system itself.
We also made clear, however, that this need for knowledge included not just parents who receive child support payments (i.e., payees), but also parents ordered to make child support payments (i.e., payors).
In the case of the latter, this is especially important, as they need to be aware that any failure to make payments or any partial payments made can result in various punitive enforcement actions being taken by state officials.
Intercepting of lottery awards
Those lucky enough to win million-dollar jackpots in multi-state drawings or several hundred dollars in scratch-off tickets can see their past due child support subtracted from these lottery winnings if they owe over $1,000 in child support, and win $600 or more.
A low credit score can affect a person’s ability to secure a mortgage, car loan or credit card. As such, parents owing over $1,000 in child support should be aware that state officials will report this unpaid debt to the credit agencies, and it will likely result in their credit score taking a major hit.
If state officials determine that child support payments are not being made, they have the ability to seize bank funds or even insurance liability claims to cover the amount owed.
Tax refund seizure
During tax season, many people look forward to receiving a sizeable refund from the federal and/or state government. However, parents who fall within certain limits and are behind on their child support may see the amount owed subtracted from their tax refund.
To be continued …
Consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible if you have questions or concerns relating to child support or enforcement actions.
Source: New Jersey Department of Human Services, “New Jersey child support program handbook,” June 2013