Consequences of Not Paying Child Support

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What Does Child Support Cover?

Child support is a series of payments, made by a noncustodial parent, to support the parent’s children. The size of child support payments is determined based on the total income of the noncustodial parent and the amount of custodial time awarded by the court. Child support payments seek to help cover basic living expenses and provide for a wide range of the children’s needs. Expenses covered by child support covers differs from state to state but some examples of items that may be covered include:

What Are the Legal Consequences of Not Paying Child Support?

Failure to make child support payments in accordance with the amounts and dates specified in the child support court order can lead to severe consequences. Generally, the longer a child support obligation goes unmet, the more extreme the consequences. If you don’t meet your child support obligations, the court and/or the local child support agency have several options to compel payment, including:

What Can I Do If I Am Having Difficulty Making Child Support Payments?

If you are having difficulties meeting child support obligations, the following options may be available:

  1. Contact your child support enforcement agency and inquire about a temporary payment plan. This may help with payments in arrears and late payments.
  2. Schedule a court date and make a request to modify child support payments. A modification of child support payments may be granted if you can show a change in circumstances, such as:

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Missed Child Support Payments?

It is common for parents to experience financial hardship that affects their ability to render payments. Of course, it is best if you can avoid late or missed child support payments altogether. Failing to make child support payments can have many undesirable consequences. If you are having trouble meeting your child support obligations, contact a skilled family lawyer today.

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Last Modified: 08-11-2017 09:01 AM PDT

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