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How To Receive Unpaid Child Support
by Brian Loughmiller

It is no surprise that some child support payments go unpaid. Yet, many people do not realize that less than half of the parents owed child support see the full payment. Some people receive a part, and some receive nothing at all.

According to Forbes, men are the most frequent child support violators. However, options do exist for both parents to try to gain the payments they haven’t received. The federal government requires all states have an Office of Child Support Enforcement per the Social Security Act of 1975. As a result, parents can request that the Office of Child Support Enforcement take action to recover owed child support. Many times, unpaid child support is viewed as unpaid debt, and therefore must be paid to the parent who it is owed. Additionally, a court can hold a person in contempt for non-payment of child support and make payment a condition of suspending jail time. A person can also be sentenced to up to 180 days in jail for non-payment of child support.  Each missed payment can be considered a violation of the court’s order.

Parents have many options to receive unpaid child support. For example:

  • Garnish the child support violator’s wages
  • Request that the state withhold certain funds paid to the violator
  • Suspending licenses
  • Notifying credit bureaus
  • Placing liens on property
  • Have the violator’s property seized and sold to make the payments

These are just a few options that might be available to a person seeking child support payments.

Above all, it is important to consult an experienced family law attorney for your specific child custody issue.