The severe economic downturn due to COVID-19 has directly affected tens of millions of Americans. Making ends meet and paying bills, while difficult prior to the virus reaching our country’s western shores, could make it impossible for some parents to meet their child support obligations. That doesn’t change the fact that your child needs to be fed, housed, clothed, and generally cared for.
So, it can be a huge problem if child support payments stop coming from the payor. Fortunately, you have the law on your side. This blog will cover some legal avenues you can take to enforce court-ordered child support and get the compensation you need.
As long as child support has been ordered by a judge, you actually have numerous ways to get your former partner to pay. You must first file a motion for civil contempt in court; there are state agencies that may be able to help, but you have the best chance of success if you retain legal counsel to help you get things moving.
So, what can a Court do to encourage the payor to pay the court-ordered child support?
- Income withholding. This is different from wage garnishment, which can only be applied to future payments. Your ex’s employers would withhold income and send it straight to you.
- Contempt of court penalties. The payor could be facing jail time and steep penalties if the unpaid child support problem is not resolved promptly and he or she has the ability to pay.
Don’t Take Matters into Your Own Hands
We understand your frustration if you aren’t receiving the child support payments you need. However, you should not see this as an opportunity to withhold your child from the other parent if the parenting plan calls for time sharing. Your child is not a bargaining chip, and judges will not look kindly upon your violation of the time sharing that has been court ordered.
The best thing for you to do is to contact a quality family law attorney who has experience with helping enforce court orders. The team at Divorce and Mediation Law Firm is prepared to handle your family law conflicts efficiently so you can resume your life.
We look forward to setting up a confidential consultation for you with one of our attorneys; call us at (954)-447-2580 to set something up.