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Methods of enforcing child support

Parents who are paying or receiving child support may have questions about how child support orders are enforced. There are a variety of methods of child support enforcement and parents should understand how each method can be used.

Methods of child support enforcement can include: wage garnishment; interception of tax refunds; seizure of property; suspension of a driver's license or occupational or business license; the denial of a passport; and potentially even jail time. The consequences for failing to pay child support can be significant, so parents should be familiar with what those consequences are and understand what the family law process can do to help.

As this blog recently discussed, the family law process also provides resources to help parents modify child support, if needed. It is important for parents to reach out right away if they are struggling with child support, whether with the payment or the receipt of child support. It is also imperative for parents to continue to follow valid child support orders until a change has been made by the family law court. A failure to follow this order could cause the paying parent to incur one of the penalties mentioned above.

The family law process serves as a resource for parents who find themselves struggling to pay child support or struggling to collect child support. Parents should be familiar with child support enforcement methods and what they can do when they have concerns. If you have questions about your child support payments, you should contact a family law attorney.

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