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General Legal FYIYes, not paying child support could land you in jail.

September 17, 2019

Think debtor’s prisons are a thing of a bygone age ? Think again. If you have an order to pay child support, and you do not do so, you are already behind the 8-ball.

Okay, so it’s not so much debtor’s prison as it is a possible jail term if you are found to willfully have violated a court order. But it is still serious and you still could end up in jail.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. If there is a valid order of support, the Support Collection Unit will keep an accounting of your payments and provide a report to the Judge or Magistrate.

2. With the valid order and an accounting and report that indicates that you have not been paying – there is basically a presumption of your willful violation of a court order. The burden is now on you (and your lawyer) to disprove it!

The best strategies here are obviously to show (a) an actual inability to pay and/or (b) that you have made payments.

About the author:

Founder and Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Bryan Greenberg LLC, Middlesex County, NJ. With an unwavering commitment to guiding individuals through the complex and emotional landscape of divorce and family law matters, Bryan stands as the founding attorney of Law Office of Bryan Greenberg. Backed by years of legal expertise and a deep understanding of Middlesex County's legal landscape, Bryan is dedicated to offering compassionate yet pragmatic solutions to every client's unique situation. Through insightful blog posts, Bryan shares valuable insights, tips, and advice on navigating the challenges of divorce and family law, helping individuals make informed decisions during these critical life transitions. For comprehensive legal guidance and empathetic support, turn to Bryan Greenberg and the team at the Law Office of Bryan Greenberg.

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