In a rare move, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently intervened and ordered the release of John Waldorf from jail.
Why was he in jail? Mr. Waldorf had out standing alimony and child support obligations, which he refused to pay.
The Waldorfs had a contentious divorce and an article in The Star Ledger indicates that Mr. Waldorf was “less than cooperative about sharing information about debts, violated several court orders and missed several deadlines.” He was also willfully unemployed, which means that the court felt that he was intentionally not seeking out a higher paying job which would allow him to make his full support payments.
The trial court Judgment clearly stated that if Mr. Waldorf failed to make two consecutive full payments, a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest. As of mid-December 2012, he owed more than $52,000 and each week, an additional $2,000 was added to that debt. When Mr. Waldorf was finally released, he had been in jail for eight weeks.
The New Jersey Supreme Court did not forgive Mr. Waldorf’s debt. It ordered him to pay at least $1,000 in alimony a week and stated that if he fails to comply, he can face additional jail time or some other form of court sanctions.
Mr. Waldorf’s case is not unique. Although it can be extremely frustrating to try to enforce a New Jersey support order, there are several things that can be done, with the help of a good New Jersey Family Law firm.
Salvaggio Law Group LLC devotes its entire practice to New Jersey Divorce and Family Law matters, including post-Judgment litigation to enforce support obligations.
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