When Is Child Support Due?

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When Is Child Support Due?

Nearly all child support orders instruct the paying parent to transfer child support payments once a month. The date may depend on several factors, including:

In most cases, child support is due at the end of the month. This is to account for the fact that not all people get paid strictly on the 1st of the month. Thus, by requiring payment at the end of the month, this helps to ensure that the person has already been paid for the month and won’t run into any issues with shortages of funds.

What Happens If Child Support Is Late?

Child support is considered late if it isn’t paid on the date specified in the child support order. In most cases, courts may offer some cushion or a "grace period" for payments that are off by a few days. However, if the payments begin piling up, the court may need to intervene and take action.

In many jurisdictions, courts will automatically issue a "Notice of Delinquency" if the payment has been missed and the next month’s payment has already passed as well. These notices contain instructions regarding repayment, and often contain warnings and descriptions of consequences of not paying child support. The notices usually go out for about 2-6 months of non-repayment. After this, a lawsuit may be instituted requiring the parent to pay back or retroactive child support.

What If the Parent Completely Refuses to Pay Child Support?

A slightly late payment can sometimes be excused, or can be resolved by a small fine on top of the late payment. However, intentionally refusing to pay child support is a serious violation and can result in consequences such as:

These types of consequences can also apply to persons who have accumulated many missed payments over time. However, keep in mind that a parent's refusal to pay may be permitted by the court if they have been granted a reservation of child support.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Child Support Deadlines?

Paying child support is important for the upbringing of the child or children involved. Missing child support payments can result in various legal consequences, so you may need to hire a lawyer if you need advice on the subject. Also, if you need to file a lawsuit or a legal claim involving child support, your attorney can represent you during court proceedings.

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Last Modified: 12-28-2015 01:52 PM PST

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