Child Support Collection Lawyers

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What is Child Support Collection?

Child support collection refers to efforts in obtaining child support, usually in cases where the paying parent has failed to meet child support requirements.  Failure to pay child support can happen for many reasons, such as a lack of resources, missed deadlines, errors in reading the child support order, or simply a refusal to pay.  Such failures can cause serious issues for the child’s upbringing, and so courts are generally strict when it comes to child support collection.

In serious cases of non-payment, the court may work together with a child support collections agency in order to compel the paying parent to make the payments.  This can involve measures such as garnishing wages from the parent.

How Can I Obtain Child Support?

The first thing is to ensure that there is a valid child support order in place.  If the parties have only been handling child support informally, it is better them to submit their arrangement to a court for approval.  That way, they can have a court order which will be legally valid and enforceable.

If the child support order has not been observed, it may be necessary to file a complaint with the court.  A judge can review the order and issue the appropriate measures for child support collection.  If needed, and the parties agree to it, the support order may be modified to reflect any recent changes in the paying parent’s lifestyle.

What is Retroactive Child Support?

Retroactive child support refers to child support that wasn’t paid in the past or that were missed.  Retroactive support can often be obtained through a court order requiring the non-custodial parent to make the missed payments.  These are sometimes called “back child support orders”, and typically require a specific request with the court to address. 

Calculating retroactive child support is a complex determination that often requires the assistance of a legal professional.  Several factors can be involved, including the date of divorce or separation, interactions with the paying parent’s employer, and differences in states laws.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help With Child Support Collection?

Suing for child support collection may be necessary in certain situations.  If you need assistance with filing a claim, it’s in your best interests to hire a qualified lawyer for your case.  Your attorney can advise you on your legal rights with regards to child support payments.  Also, your lawyer will be able to represent you throughout the court procedures.

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Last Modified: 03-11-2013 04:29 PM PDT

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