What Happens When a Parent Doesn't Pay Court Ordered Child Support?
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What Happens When a Parent Doesn’t Pay Court Ordered Child Support?
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon when a parent is unable or stops paying child support. Money is usually tight, drama is bound to happen, and people simply think that they can get away with missing a payment or two. But, that’s simply not the case. When the law puts an order in place, you are required to follow that order to it’s every detail. There are serious consequences for not paying your child support. So what happens when a child support payment is skipped or not made? this article will explain exactly what happens when a parent stops paying child support.
Not Paying Court Ordered Child Support
The federal court takes child support very seriously, and as a result, the courts have a list of different punishments. To start out, if one or two payments are missed, it’s not necessarily going to raise any red flags, but it may be warrant to garnish wages. This means that the unpaid child support will be taken out of that parents paycheck, without him or her even being notified.
If payments continue to be missed, more serious methods will be taken to ensure the support is taken. Liens against the parents property will be put in place. This means that the property owner is now in debt on the property, meaning that the property can’t be sold. The parent may also be reported to the credit bureaus, ruining their credit, making it harder for them to purchase a car or home, or acquire a loan or credit card.
To go one step further, if the child support payments continue to be missed, the parent’s bank accounts will be completely frozen and their drivers license will be suspended. At this point, the parent will be completely locked down and forced to take action. 99% of the time, this works. However, in the rare case that this doesn’t work, the parent will be arrested and placed in jail.
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