What to Do When Your Ex Withholds Child Support

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 05, 2024 | 0 Comments

When parents get divorced, one spouse often makes more money than the other. In many cases, one parent may have more custody of their children than the other. New Jersey believes both parents should be involved in raising their children, which usually means the court will order the noncustodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent. Parents usually follow these arrangements because it's in the child's best interest. But sometimes, a parent will refuse to make regular child support payments, which puts an obvious strain on the custodial parent's finances as these payments are needed to provide necessities for their shared child. It can also strain the relationship between the parents. So, what are your options if your ex withholds child support? If you have a child support matter in New Jersey, contact the Lento Law Firm's Family Law Team at 888.535.3686 or through our online form so we can help.

Obviously, it's best if you can resolve the issue without the time and expense of taking your ex to court. So, if you are on speaking terms, the first option is to contact them and ask why they haven't made the payment. It's best to remain civil during these conversations, if possible. But if you and your ex cannot speak reasonably with each other or aren't on speaking terms, it's probably time to talk with a family law attorney. After all, you need that money to raise your child to the expected standard of living.

When your ex refuses to make payments as laid out in the divorce decree, your lawyer can take your case to court and get the arrangement enforced. New Jersey has a dedicated Child Support Enforcement System to help you get the child support you deserve. Some ways the New Jersey courts may enforce child support payments include:

  • Withholding their income or garnishing their wages
  • Suspending their driver's, occupational, or recreational licenses
  • Seizing cash or cash-equivalent assets in their bank accounts
  • Intercepting federal or state tax refunds
  • Putting liens on property and assets
  • Seizing proceeds from lawsuits
  • Denying passport
  • Intercepting lottery winnings
  • Issue an arrest warrant

Going to court to enforce that your ex makes child support payments often requires the help of an experienced family law attorney.

Contact the Family Law Team at the Lento Law Firm Today

Navigating the child support system in New Jersey can be a complicated process made even more complicated when an ex withholds the child support they are required to pay. It's important that you work with an experienced family law lawyer who can guide you through the process and help you get the financial support your child deserves.

The Family Law Team at the Lento Law firm brings a wealth of experience to our clients. If you are involved in a child support issue in New Jersey, contact the Lento Law Firm's Family Law Team at 888.535.3686 or through our online form to hear how we can help.

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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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