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Lottery winner owes child support

Illinois law allows the state to arrest those who fail to make timely child support payments. Now, a New Jersey man who won the Powerball lottery for $338 million may be subject to the same type of regulation, according to officials in that state. The man currently owes $29,000 in unpaid child support, and authorities are already considering executing an arrest warrant against him if he fails to make the payments.

The winner opted for a lump sum payment, which will give him a gross payout of $211 million. However, out of those earnings, he will be liable for taxes along with any unpaid debts such as child support. There is no word on his future plans or whether the child's mother plans to reopen the issue of child support payments given the father's windfall.

While most non-custodial parents who owe unpaid child support do not suddenly see a multi-million dollar windfall, many of them do receive large lump-sum payments in the form of an inheritance, a sudden bonus or raise at work or through other channels. These sudden windfalls can often provide the impetus for court action to ensure that unpaid child support obligations are met if the court or the custodial parent learns of them.

Custodial parents seeking payment of child support from a former partner who refuses to meet these obligations may consider consulting a family law attorney for assistance. Non-custodial parents who owe child support may also find that a family law attorney could provide advice on legal obligations and how to handle unpaid balances.

Source: Web Pro News, "Powerball winner owes $29,000 in child support," Chris Crum, March 28, 2013

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