Financial Fiasco: The Child Support Struggles of a Green Party Candidate

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

In the high-stakes world of politics, it seems the promise of a bright, "green" future isn't always reflected in a candidate's financial dealings. In August 2023, an ABC News article reported that a 2024 Green Party Presidential Candidate, Cornel West, owes more than half a million dollars in child support and taxes. According to the article, this is not the first time the self-proclaimed advocate for a greener, more ethical tomorrow has faced a staggering sum. Tax records in Mercer County revealed Cornel eventually paid off a $725,000 debt, which was then quickly followed by another $34,000 sum owed. Cornel was met with harsh critics who questioned his commitment to supporting families and children – a cornerstone of his campaign platform. How can we believe he'll fight for our interests when he can't fulfill his responsibilities?

Both Sides of the Child Support Dilemma

While it's easy to shame Cornel for his debts while he assumes the public spotlight simultaneously, it's essential to recognize that the issue of unpaid child support can be a complex and emotionally charged matter for all parties involved. As the party who potentially owes back child support, you may feel shame that your current financial predicament interferes with your legal and familial obligations. Unexpected emergencies such as medical emergencies, unemployment, or navigating personal crises can make it challenging to support yourself financially, let alone keep up with child support obligations.

As the party who is owed back child support, the frustration of facing these challenges alone can be overwhelming. You may feel as though the one area your ex-partner can help, they choose not to. You are likely exhausted from caring for your children and juggling bills while sacrificing your well-being to ensure they have what they need.

Acknowledging the struggles of both sides doesn't excuse the failure to meet financial responsibilities, but it highlights the human side of the issue. Many individuals genuinely want to provide for their children but find themselves trapped in a seemingly impossible financial web. Cornel's case serves as a reminder that politicians, just like everyone else, are not immune to life's hardships and setbacks.

Child Support Modifications in New Jersey

New Jersey law assists individuals struggling with the burden of child support payments through a process known as child support modification. Child support modification allows individuals to request a review of their support orders, ensuring that payments are adjusted to reflect their current financial reality. Some common reasons for modifications include unemployment or job changes, medical expenses, or familial hardships. Modifications are not guaranteed, however; a court will examine whether a modification will continue to meet the needs of the child(ren) involved.

Contact a New Jersey Child Support Attorney Today

Personal struggles are often intertwined with financial difficulties. If you are owed or owe back child support, you may feel as though your financial world and your personal life are crashing down at the same time. The compassionate and understanding Family Law Team at the Lento Law Firm understands the complexity of each situation and can help you navigate a path forward. Contact us today for a consultation by calling (888) 535-3686 or using our online contact form.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings! He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and protects their interests.


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