Parents have the legal duty to provide for their child. While you cannot force someone to be a part of your child’s life, you can get an order enforcing financial support. Whether you are divorced or a single parent, a child support order can ensure your child gets valuable benefits they may be entitled to, while providing you with financial assistance in meeting their various needs. Once an order is in place, it can be legally enforced if the other parent refuses to pay, subjecting them to a variety of penalties, including asset seizure and wage garnishment.
Ways To Enforce Payment
In addition to providing financial assistance in meeting your child’s needs, filing an order for child support ensures they receive any Social Security or veteran’s benefits they may be entitled to through that parent, both now and in the years to come. Once an order is approved by the family court judge, it can be enforced by filing a motion for contempt. The amount owed to your child will continue to accrue monthly until the debt is paid in full, and the court may use a variety of enforcement actions to collect payment. While each state varies, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) advises that the following are actions that may be taken against those who are in default of child support orders:
Penalties for Non-Payment Of Child Support
In addition to seizing assets to satisfy child support debts, the NCSL advises that additional penalties a parent in violation of a court order may face include:
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