A recent article in the Los Angeles Times notes U.S. Census Bureau findings that over $14 billion in child support went unpaid in the U.S. next weekend. Low-income families, those who most arguably need the child support, were least likely to collect on child support orders. If the obligor parent (the parent ordered to pay support) is not involved in the child's live, then he or she is significantly less likely to pay child support or pay the full amount.
Read the full article here: Billions of dollars in child support go unpaid yearly
How do I collect on or enforce a child support order?
- Seek enforcement from the Child Support Services Department. Child Support Services Dept. has many tools to assist with collecting child support, such as wage garnishment, freezing bank accounts, intercepting tax returns, suspending driver's license or passport.
- File an Income Withholding Order, which is served on the obligor's employer and will automatically deduct the support from the obligor's paycheck.
- File a Motion for Contempt. If the other party is aware of the child support order and has the ability to pay the order but refuses, it may be appropriate to file a motion to hold him or her in contempt of court for violating the order.
For a free consultation regarding child support enforcement or any family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Sean C. Sobottka: 310.735.9814 or email@example.com.