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What Can Happen if the Other Parent Doesn’t Pay Child Support?

When your ex-spouse doesn’t want to pay their child support payments, this doesn’t mean that you won’t see a cent now until the end of time – the law makes it very difficult to skip out on child support payments nowadays. In fact, over the years, strict laws have been enacted to establish and enforce child support orders after their creation. In all 50 states, parents who are divorced still have a legal obligation to support their children no matter what. Today we will discuss how child support can be enacted and how the state can force a parent to keep up with payments.

From the Very Beginning: Establishing Support 

To establish an order, you and the other parent will agree on an amount that works best for you and your children. A judge will approve this agreement. And, if you can’t agree, the judge or a local agency will set the amount themselves based on a formula or an amount that they believe is appropriate.

Enforcing a Support Order 

Enforcing a support order is another thing. Sure, a set amount may be put in place, but it’s up to the parent to abide by that order. When a parent has not been keeping up with payments, penalties could be put in place. Here are some of the common enforcement tools used every year:

  • Wage deductions so that child support is taken out of the paying spouse’s wages
  • Federal income tax refund interception
  • A delinquent parent’s license suspension or revocation
  • Passport restrictions, which means you may not be able to renew
  • Contempt of court, which could lead to jail time or fines

pay child supportFederal prosecution can take place when a parent has not paid for over a year or owes more than $5,000. The same can occur when a parent takes measures to move to another state in order to escape child support. The parent could be sentenced to 6 months in prison for a first offense, or 2 years in prison when a parent owes over $10,000. As you can see, there are a lot of penalties that tend to deter a parent from avoiding child support payments.

If a parent in your child’s life has been avoiding child support payments, you may be able to take action. Call us to get started on your case so we can help you every step of the way.

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Adrianne Fernandez 3/11/2021

Beyond impressed! I had been self represented through years of family law and child support court hearings and was so hesitant to hire an attorney out of fear and trusting that they would appropriately represent myself and child. After tons of research I contacted Ms. Azizi. I immediately was greeted by Lorenzo, the Office Administrator, who made me feel so welcomed and comfortable. He assisted in making communication seamless and effortless and walked me through each step of the process. Ms. Azizi heard my concerns and was extremely sensitive to the matter of FAMILY. The team did an amazing job with discovery and building a strong case that gave me confidence and I was successful in coming to an agreement with the other party, in what has yet to have been the easiest hearing of all, thanks to them. Ms. Azizi settled my case after years of stress and agony. I am grateful for finding the team and Ms. Azizi and definitely recommend them for any of your legal needs!

Linda P 6/19/2020

This law firm is the best! They have helped me so much with my Divorce and Criminal cases and I really wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have them to represent me. Lorenzo and Ro are awesome and are there to help at all times. My attorney was Mr.Edmondson and he has been amazing. This law firm is truly great and I will never go to any other one. Their responses are quick and will answer any questions you might have.

Diana H. 05/01/2021

Seven stars. I had planned to put up my reviews after my final judgment but after the first hearing, couldn't wait, and I would write this whatever the outcome of my difficult case. Soheila was simply amazing in her arguments and strategy before the judge. I felt so taken care of. I chose her for her near-30 years of experience as an attorney, the depth and strength I observed in one who had weathered hardship through her many accomplishments, her compassion, and her smarts. I can't imagine what other attorney would have Zoomed with me even in sickness to help prepare me for a legal session. And I later saw how keen she'd been in her advice. I've been deeply touched watching Soheila and her paralegal Lynda Walker fight for my child as if he were their own. They in particular have treated me with great humanity - day and night from what I experienced at my former attorney's. Lynda is a gem, on her toes, flexible, hard-working, committed to each client, humble, and sweet. She has slaved over my case, doing much of the writing, watchful of me on paper and in person, guiding me gently while encouraging me to use my voice. The staff, including the office administrator Lorenzo and Linda C, is caring, respectful, and conscientious. A band of angels.