Your owed child support…how do you get it? How does back child support work?Most adults understand that child support occurs, in the case of a divorce, or if a child is born out of wedlock and the father is proven to be the child’s father, than they must pay a certain amount of money each month or each week to make certain that their offspring is provided for. As mentioned in other articles, generally the non custodial parent pays the custodial parent a certain sum of money. Courts determine the amount of child support that will be paid.
Back Order Child SupportIf a father, or any other individual who is suppose to pay child support as ordered by the court fails to pay child support, they may be required to pay additional fees and interest charges along with the back child support. A state court will tend to act upon a person who owes child support, but in certain circumstance the federal courts can also become involved. A parent can also not avoid paying child support until the child is 18. Even if the child is 18 the parent will still be required to pay child support for every missed payment in addition to any fees and interest charges. So even if a parent refuses to pay child support for any period of time, they will still be required to pay for that missed child support even if the child turns 18.Failing To Pay Child Support Repercussions and ReliefThere are a number of penalties that can occur either through the state courts or the federal courts if a parent fails to pay their child support.
If as the custodial parent, the other parent has failed to pay child support, you should contact your attorney or even the court that originally gave the decree of child support for assistance if the other parent is not cooperating. Make sure to keep any records you may have that indicate the other parent has not paid their share of child support. This includes any failed deposits, receipts, letters, text messages, emails etc. Moreover, it is heavily advisable that if you happened to be the parent that has not paid child support that you do so immediately, or contact your spouse or the court to adjust a payment schedule. A deadbeat parent is heavily looked down upon by the United States Court system. Some of the things that the courts can do include the following against the non-paying spouse.
This list is not entirely exhaustive but include some of the most common punishments that are involved when a parent fails to pay their child support as required.Failing To Pay Child Support PenaltiesSuspending their drivers licenseDenying them PassportWage GarnishmentSeizing their entire Tax RefumndSeizing their PropertyJail TimeNotifying their employerThe Child Support Recovery Act: (Makes it a misdemeanor to not pay child support and if $2,500 or more is owed it becomes felony)Below Is A Table Of Links For Child Support Information In Each Statetable id=2 / Additional Family Law InformationIf you want information on how to file a divorce check out our article here on steps for filing a divorce.If you want information or would like to help your children learn about divorce we have an article for that too here.Its also important to understand that children also have rights in a divorce. You should review those in our recent article.If your looking about information for a separation agreement we got you covered, this article we made explains it.
Child Support information when a spouse works abroad can be found at the U.S. government website here.