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Lottery winner repays back child support

Like many non-custodial parents in North Carolina and throughout the state, one New Jersey man owed a great deal of unpaid child support. However, a recent $338 million Powerball win enabled him to pay his child support obligation and remove outstanding warrants against him.

The man apparently has five children, three of which were with one woman, but it was unclear exactly which child or children were affected by the unpaid child support. A judge advised him to invest in his children with his new winnings, and he has now repaid $30,000 in back child support and was cleared of the warrants at a recent hearing. The actual amount owed was listed at $29,000; there was no explanation given for the extra payment.

Anyone who wins more than $600 in a lottery is checked for liens, back taxes and unpaid child support. The lottery commission in the man's state automatically subtracted his back child support from his winnings and forwarded them to the proper recipient. The cash payout for this particular lottery will be around $152 million. There is no word on how he intends to distribute the funds although his lawyer states that he will do what is "right for his family." The man reportedly told the judge that the children will now be residing with him.

Both custodial parents seeking child support and non-custodial parents who owe child support may benefit from the advice of a family law attorney. An attorney may be able to help those who owe child support work out a repayment plan and avoid legal consequences for non-payment while custodial parents may benefit from legal advice on how to collect unpaid sums.

Source: CNN, "Powerball winner pays $30,000 in back child support," Lenny Bourin, April 2, 2013

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