If You Owe New Jersey Child Support, You May Not See a Stimulus Check

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Here in New Jersey, the courts take child support very seriously. When parents of a child are no longer together as a couple, either because they have divorced or because they were never married and are no longer in a relationship together, both parents have a financial responsibility to provide for their child. New Jersey courts have guidelines for calculating how much child support is needed for the financial support of a child, and once they determine how much is owed each month, you are responsible for paying it if you are the non-custodial parent.

Government Relief

Even if you lose your job, or suffer a medical emergency that prevents you from working, you are still required to pay the monthly court-ordered child support until your request for a downward support modification can be heard by a family court. Not doing so will put you in arrears, and it may also mean that you will not receive your federal government stimulus check as provided by the CARES Act.

Congress passed the CARES Act as a response to the economic hardships millions of Americans are facing due to the novel COVID-19 virus. The CARES Act provides for sending a stimulus check to qualified, tax-paying citizens. According to the IRS, even if you owe back taxes (either to the federal government or state government), your stimulus check will not be garnished. There is one exception to this—child support.

A former Roselle, New Jersey man has found himself without his stimulus check, and he and his current wife also say her stimulus check was garnished because of the child support he owes to his child from a previous marriage. For years, Jayson MacConnell dutifully paid his monthly child support of nearly $650 to his ex-wife for their child. In July 2018, his ex-wife filed a motion to raise the amount of child support. That request was approved to $1200/month in February 2019 and was retroactive to the time his ex had filed, meaning MacConnell suddenly owed more than $7,000 in child support.

MacConnell then was laid off from his job and suffered a heart attack. He then filed a downward support modification and was waiting on that to be approved when the coronavirus hit. He and his wife were expecting a $2,400 stimulus check, plus a $500 credit for each of their three children. He says they have received nothing from the government.

New Jersey Child Support Modifications

A seasoned, smart New Jersey family law attorney can help you if you find yourself in a situation where your ex is asking for more child support money. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has advocated for many parents and informed them of their options and what is in their best interests. Child support modifications can be complicated and exhausting, so having a knowledgeable attorney at your side will make a tremendous difference. Call 888-535-3686 to schedule a consultation with Mr. Lento.

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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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