Child support is financial and medical support granted to custodial parents by the noncustodial parent in the case of a divorce with children. In some cases, child support may be awarded if parents have shared custody. This support is mandated by the court. Specific details are based upon several factors including income levels, financial health, and earning potential of the parties involved. Child support requirements are established during divorce proceedings and are finalized when the divorce is granted.
Child support is for the benefit of children who have been affected by divorce. Unfortunately, some parents who are required to pay child support will fail to pay any or all of the amount. This can have devastating effects on the custodial parent and the children who depend on this income for living expenses. If this happens, there are some options for the parent who is owed child support.
The wages or unemployment benefits of the responsible party may be garnished to pay back child support. Other sources of income including tax refunds or lottery winnings may also be intercepted for child support payments. This misconduct will be reported to credit bureaus and employers. The non-paying parent also risks a driver’s license suspension. Legal action against the “deadbeat” parent includes contempt of court or even federal prosecution if the parent tries to move to another state with different child support laws.
Child support can be an emotional situation. The best recourse for a parent having difficulties receiving timely payments is to hire an attorney who specializes in this type of law. The court system can be confusing for the average person. A lawyer who understands details of the laws and how the system operates has a higher chance of successfully recovering child support payments than someone who tries to navigate the system alone.