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Lottery winner is still accountable for child support

There is no escape from making child support payments. Paying child support is a court mandate; it is not an optional obligation. Courts in Michigan do not allow for continuous delinquent payments or non-payment of child support. In making the determination for child support, the courts take into account a number of factors as they pertain to the particular case. A formula is used by the courts to calculate the amount of child support that a mother or father must regularly pay.

In Paterson, New Jersey, the winner of the recent $338 million lottery had to appear in court shortly after winning, in order to settle his past due child support payments. No sooner did he win than the court issued a warrant for him to appear before the magistrate to answer for non-payment of child support. The father of five was nearly $30,000 in arrears for child support payments. After winning the lottery, he opted to receive his winnings in a lump sum. Before winnings can be received, outstanding judgments such as child support must often be satisfied.

Although this case occurred in New Jersey, there are tough child support enforcement laws throughout the United States. In Michigan and across the country, the courts and the authorities are cracking down on people who don't pay their child support when scheduled. Jail time and license suspension are two possible disciplinary actions that the courts can implement against those who fail to pay child support.

One reason that the court system is so aggressive on this subject is because child support benefits the child. It goes to financially assist the child with everyday expenses, cost of living expenses and other crucial financial matters. As such, making payments on-time and in full is paramount not only to the law, but also to the parent-child relationship.

Source: The Detroit News, "$338M Powerball winner due in court over child support," Associated Press, April 1, 2013

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