New Jersey residents whose divorce cases included an alimony order or agreement should be aware of how the IRS treats these payments, both for the payer as well as the recipient. People who make qualifying payments are able to claim deductions for them, while those receiving qualifying payments must report them as income on their federal income tax returns.
Parents in New Jersey who are not receiving the child support they are entitled to may want to look into garnishing the other parent's Social Security benefits. This is not possible if the benefits are in the form of Supplemental Security Income because it is considered public assistance, but it may be with earned benefits such as disability, retirement or survivor benefits.
Divorced parents in New Jersey might wonder what constitutes acceptable purchases with child support money, and there is currently no system that verifies what child support is used for. Courts assume a parent with physical custody is buying what a child needs, and child support payments can cover more expenses than most people are aware of.
New Jersey residents who file for divorce may be interested in a speedy resolution to the matter so that they can move on with their lives. Several factors may affect the timing as a case is scheduled for court activity. If it is uncontested, the case could be heard as soon as three months from the filing date. However, delays may be expected if the court is extremely busy. As a date is selected for the hearing, the parties will be notified to appear.
New Jersey parents who were never married as well as those who have gotten divorced may sometimes find themselves in situations in which one parent is either failing to pay court-ordered child support or needs help in obtaining an initial child support order. A parent who has custody of a child may benefit by seeking help through the local child support office.
In New Jersey, there are four roles that separated or divorcing parents may assume when the matter of child custody is determined. These are the custodial parent, the noncustodial parent, the parent of primary residence and the parent of alternate residence. Each of these roles affects whether or not a parent is obligated to pay child support to the other parent.
A New Jersey man was taken into custody after authorities discovered that he had four warrants out for his arrest after he allegedly failed to pay his child support. According to the report, he allegedly owed more than $22,000 in child support when he was taken into custody on July 2.
Some fathers are taking their obligation as a divorce parent to a whole new level and battling to not only have equal child custody, but primary custody of their children.
More than 400,000 children in New Jersey depend on child support from noncustodial parents. However, the number of parents who routinely fall behind in their child support payments is staggering. Over the past several years a relatively steady rate of about 58 percent of noncustodial parents are not meeting their child support obligations. When subject to a child support order, failure to pay is a very big deal.
The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved legislation that would allow parties involved in a divorce to seek an alternative to a court battle to resolve the conflict that naturally comes with the complicated and emotional process.