Child Support Payment History

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What is Child Support Payment History?

In any child support arrangement, authorities will generally keep a record of all payments that are made according to a formal child support order. This will also include any instances of non-payment or late payments. In many cases, child support is taken directly from the paying parent’s paycheck (i.e., garnished). Child support payment histories may also reference these types of payment setups in addition to the number and amount of payments made.

When Are Child Support Payment Histories Referenced?

Child support payment histories may be examined if there are legal issues that arise, such as:

For instance, suppose that a parent has missed child support payments in the past, and the other parent is now requesting for back payments with the court. In such cases, the judge may need to examine the person’s child support payment history in order to determine the amount that will be required of them.

What is "Withholding of Child Support"?

In some instances, a parent may be unwilling to pay child support, even though they have the financial capacity to provide the required amounts. This is known as "withholding child support." It is considered a violation if there is a valid child support order in place, as issued by a judge. This can lead to various penalties, and will generally be reflected in the child support payment history.

Do I Need a Lawyer if I Have Legal Issues Regarding Child Support Payment History?

Issues with child support history can have various effects in other areas of life, such as one’s employment or one’s credit. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you need assistance with child support issues, or if you have any questions that need to be addressed. Your attorney can provide you with the proper legal advice and guidance for your situation. Also, your lawyer can represent you if you need to appear in court before a judge.

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Last Modified: 09-09-2013 12:25 PM PDT

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