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1,074 warrants issued in NJ child support sweep

More than 1,000 New Jersey parents were apprehended over the past week as part of a twice-yearly sweep on the state conducted by the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey, according to The Associated Press.

The media outlet reports that a total of 1,074 arrest warrants were served across New Jersey during the three-day sweep period. The sweep targeted noncustodial parents who either failed to pay child support or did not appear at a mandatory court hearing to determine either child or medical support.

The 39 individuals arrested in Gloucester County owed a combined $703,331 in child support to former partners. Approximately $211,453 was collected by the state, according to Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzana, while an additional $18.7 million in penalties were charged.

Hundreds of people across the state were jailed over the weekend in connection with the child support sweep. In Camden County, 105 people owing about $1.849 million were apprehended; in Salem County, 61 individuals owing $879,616 and in Cumberland County, 33 people owing $1.03 million, according to the Gloucester County Times.

Last week, New Mexico announced it will soon be conducting a similar child support sweep across the state. However, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the state would be offering a week-long amnesty period for people with outstanding child support warrants if those individuals meet with a Child Support Division office to come to some sort of payment plan.

Man chooses jail over alimony

A West Virginia man is sitting in jail rather than paying alimony to his ex-wife, in a move that he hopes will lead to the state enacting child paternity laws.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that Sean Keefe is spending six months in jail rather than pay his former wife $1,800 a month in alimony.

Keefe said that he discovered during the divorce process that he is not the father of his wife’s youngest child, and while his current wife says he has continued to pay $1,300 a month in child support, he has drawn the line at paying the spousal support, reports the news source.

Keefe and his current wife are hoping that Senate Bills 502 and 503, which were introduced in the state legislature during the most recent session, will be passed and help men going through divorce.

The purpose of SB 502 is to “provide a procedure for vacating a judgment of paternity when there is genetic evidence that excludes the previously established father as the biological father of the child in question,” according to the website of the West Virginia legislature.

Bill 503 would bar alimony payments if there is proof of an affair.