Legal Action for Payment of Child Support
If you received a court order at the end of your divorce that awarded you payments of child support, you may encounter difficulty in the years to come if the paying parent falls behind on payments or refuses to pay. In some cases the financial circumstances of the other parent change, making it difficult to keep up with the ordered payment amount, while in other cases delinquency is the cause. Whatever specific factors are at play, you should know that you have a legal right to receive whatever amount is stated in the divorce settlement. The judge calculated that figure as being enough to make it possible for you to maintain a good standard of living for your family when you have child custody.
Your former spouse does have legal recourse if it has become impossible to keep up with the financial obligation of child support, but it is not permissible to simply stop making payments. Unless the other parent has taken the proper legal measures to obtain an official child support modification from the court, failure to pay on time is a violation of a court order. The order can be enforced by t he Division of Child Support Enforcement through any of a variety of actions, from a motor vehicle lien, driver’s license suspension and marks on the credit score to an arrest and incarceration. If the delinquent parent is unable to pay, the court may replace the back payments through wage garnishment. A Mesa divorce attorney can help you through this difficult experience so that you can get back to receiving the support you need.
Divorce Lawyer in Mesa
At Dodge & Vega, PLC, we provide experienced representation in all aspects of family law, and we will discuss your case to help you find the best solution for your needs. Our attorneys are different, because we actually care to see that you walk away from the case satisfied and prepared to move forward. We understand how vital it is for you to receive the child support you deserve, and we will work diligently for your cause.
Contact a Mesa divorce attorney who can help you enforce the payment of child support for you and your family.