When a couple divorces, one spouse may be responsible for providing financial support to the other spouse. In New Jersey, child support or alimony may be awarded to the spouse who makes less money. Child support is designed to help single parents pay for the daily living expenses of raising a child as well as the unique needs of their children, but many parents do not receive the support they are promised.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than half of the parents who are owed support actually receive the full amount. About one-third receive only a portion of the total amount due, and nearly one-quarter do not receive any of the child support they are owed.
Is there anything divorced parents can do to receive that money, or are they simply out of luck?