Winning the lottery is the stuff of daydreams and fantasies, and for a lucky few it is a real dream come true. For non-custodial parents who have been unable or unwilling to pay child support, however, the payout is also time to pay up. As a recent Powerball winner discovered, a background check is run on anyone who wins $600 or more in the states of New York and New Jersey. Lottery, casino and racetrack winnings are used to cover any delinquent child support and tax payments that the background check finds.
As we discussed in a previous blog, modifications to Child Support Orders are allowable if there has been a 15% change in income for either party. A substantial gambling win might mean not only paying off accrued debt, but also being liable for a permanent increase in child support payments. Of course, until you obtain support modification, you are still obligated under New York child support law to pay the established child support payments. If you are fortunate enough to strike gold, remember you must pay what you owe, so be sure to check with your attorney regarding your child support obligations.
If you have questions about child support or spousal maintenance, contact the Law Offices of Mary Grace Condello at (718) 259-4500. Arrange a private consultation to discuss your situation and find out how an experienced family law attorney can help you.