NJ Amnesty Week Offers Help For Unpaid Support Payments - My9 New Jersey

NJ Amnesty Week Offers Help For Unpaid Support Payments

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Bergen County, New Jersey (My9NJ) - New Jersey has been trying to address the growing problem of outstanding support payments throughout the Garden State. Nearly 400,000 New Jerseyans owe some sort of outstanding support payments and this for week only, the state was offering amnesty to those who fell behind. Essentially, anyone with outstanding child support or alimony payments could go in and negotiate a better payment without fear of jail time.

As a result, Ari Schochet went to the Bergen County jail this week to fight for his freedom after he’s missed a number of alimony payments. He previously made almost a million dollars annually, but now works for $15 per hour. Unfortunately, he hasn’t received any deductions to the payments he owes his ex and he said that the system in New Jersey is broken.

“The judge will make me do things that are counterproductive to my best interests and my kid’s best interests and even to my ex-wife’s best interests. They keep making me go to court and having to miss more and more days of work, it’s terrible. Thankfully I have very understanding employers but I can give you many examples of people that lost their jobs,” he said.

In the courthouse there were people who owed only hundreds of dollars and others who owed hundreds-of-thousands of dollars and simply just couldn’t pay. Many were sent to jail that day.

“You spend three days in jail before they bring you before the judge and then another two days in general population while they process you, so you’re missing five days of work all of which time it’s almost impossible to call your employer and tell them what happened. So ya know what, if I missed work for almost five-days with no notice and they can’t reach me, I’m lucky to have a job when I get back,” Schochet said.

Amnesty week ends today and even if you can’t work out a payment, the state promises that you will not be arrested. People in this situation are urged to call or stop by your county probation office.


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