There are many people in New York who are no longer in a relationship with the other parent of their child. This could be because the couple divorced or because the parents were not married when they had the child. In either scenario, both parents are still required to care for the child's needs financially. Therefore, the non-custodial parent generally will have to pay the custodial parent child support.
If they do not pay that child support there are repercussions. A German nobleman may find that out in the near future. Carl-Eduard von Bismarck is the great-great grandson of Otto von Bismark who unified Germany in the latter half of the 19th century and was very powerful. However, Carl-Eduard is not enjoying the same power of his great-great grandfather.
Carl-Eduard is currently being sued by his ex-wife in New York for unpaid child support. His ex-wife came to New York to get away from Carl-Eduard because she was afraid for her safety. She is now suing him for $2.5 million in unpaid child support. Carl-Eduard was ordered to pay $50,000 a month in child support, but according to his ex-wife he has not met that obligation.
Not paying child support in New York can be a serious offense. There are many different methods to help collect it though. Income can be intercepted along with tax returns, unemployment benefits, lottery winnings and others. The delinquent parent could even have his or her driver's license suspended.
Many parents in New York receive child support from the other parent each month. However, simply because it is ordered does not mean that the other parent will actually pay it. As the German nobleman may find out, there are a number of ways that people can collect child support arrears. Individuals in New York with questions about paying child support may want to seek legal advice.
Source: New York Post, "German nobleman sued in NY court for $2.5M in unpaid child support" Julia Marsh, Feb. 15, 2016