On behalf of Newsome O’Donnell, LLC posted in Child Support on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
When two people decide to have a child together, they’re agreeing to the responsibility of raising that child. If they divorce, one of the parents will likely need to pay child support.
Child support is there to provide for the child, to give them the financial support of a two-parent household and to make sure they have all the necessities. Unfortunately, sometimes a parent decides not to pay out of spite or because they don’t want to do so. Sometimes, a parent chooses not to pay to try to force the other party’s hand in to giving them more custody time.
Whatever the issue is, failing to pay support is illegal and goes against the court’s support order. If you are the parent who is receiving the support and are having trouble collecting, then it is time to look in to the child support collection process.
There are options
If your ex-spouse isn’t paying the support they owe on time or in full, it’s important to talk to your attorney about petitioning the court to enforce the court orders you agreed to.
This may result in your spouse being held in contempt of court, which has a negative affect on them in a few ways. Being held in contempt may give you the ability to collect support, since the court could garnish your ex-spouse’s wages to make sure payments are made.
There are other possible solutions as well, some of which can take place outside the court room. If you’re struggling to get support, don’t wait to look for a solution. An experienced family law attorney can help you.