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April 24, 2014

There are 400,000 children in the state of New Jersey who depend on child support, according to the state Department of Human Services.

But 58 percent of child support cases involve a noncustodial parent who is not meeting his or her payment obligations.

Next week has been designated Child Support Amnesty Week, and parents who are delinquent on their payments and have warrants out for their arrest may avoid jail time and avoid penalties by visiting a participating probation child support office and making a payment and negotiating a payment plan regarding back support and future payments.

Those who reach a plan will have their warrants discharged. Those who do not will be allowed to leave the premises.

Noncustodial parents who are interested in participating can find statewide information online.

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