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The consequences of delinquent child support payments

Divorce can be stressful enough on its own; why should matters involving child support add to that stress? No matter how closely some spouses work with one another to reach a conclusion regarding their children, obstacles can nevertheless arise. Many Californians discover that their ex-spouse does not make timely child support payments, or none at all. What can parents who are owed money do in such situations?

Findlaw is quick to remind its readers that failure to pay child support is no light offense. Those who can afford the support but simply do not make payments could be found in contempt of the court, which could subsequently result in jail time. On top of court conflicts, failure to pay support could also damage an individual's credit score. Although these consequences are severe, there nevertheless exist thousands of cases in which parents do not meet child support agreements. In these cases, the parent who is owed money may work with a child support agency and make copies of all original statements and plans. If requests and enforcement do not succeed, a criminal charge for contempt of court can take place, but is seen as a last resort.

Parents who suspect they will not be able to make payments are encouraged to communicate with their child support agency to map out new plans. The California Department of Child Support Services adds that, even after modifying a child support plan, unpaid child support and interest would still apply. In severe cases where a parent refuses to pay support, the state may also intercept benefits from the California Public Employees Retirement system. Furthermore, parents owing $2,500 or more in child support could face passport denial until adequate payments are made.    




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