When parents divorce, there are many decisions to be made and issues to sort through. One of these is child support. For a parent that is required to pay child support, this financial obligation is outline in an order. Once an order has been established, that parent is required to pay child support unless they take steps to modify the order to terminate it. However, just because a parent doesn't agree with the order or cannot make an upcoming payment, this does not mean they can avoid paying child support. Failing to pay child support could result in serious penalties.
What are the penalties for delinquent child support payments? In the state of California, failing to pay child support can have serious consequences. If a parent is able to pay child support and is purposefully not paying it, he or she could be found in contempt of court. This can be a serious offense, as it could involve jail time.
In addition to facing criminal penalties, a parent could have their credit score impacted. Failing to pay child support could cause liens to b place don property. Because the penalties can be harsh, it is important for parents to take steps if he or she can no longer fulfill this obligation. When circumstances change, such as a job loss or change in careers, one could file a motion to modify support orders.
When child support is delinquent, it is possible to enforce these payments. Wages could be garnished, tax returns could be seized and penalties could be imposed on the parent failing to pay. Whether it is intentional or not, failing to pay child support not only impacts the individual but also the children involved. Thus, it is important ot understand how best to resolve this family law matter.