Statistically, fewer than 50% of children who are owed child support money regularly receive full payments. Failure to pay child support is a federal offence in the U.S. A non-custodial parent who fails to pay child support in full and on time faces penalties.
- Having your driver’s license suspended
- Having your wages garnished
- Having taxes garnished
- Additional fines and penalties
- Being unable to obtain a passport
- Dismissal from military service
- Going to jail
Originally posted on May 7, 2018
It’s almost summer and that means summer visitation for many parents. It’s important for a child to have time with each parent. Studies show a child that has both parents involved is typically happier and healthier. It’s not always possible due to any past abuse or other issues. Not all parents want to be involved. Use the opportunity for the child to have this relationship if the absent parent shows interest. Here is the Texas standard visitation
Originally posted on January 27, 2018
You’re now receiving child support finally, but the amount is not covering the cost of living. You decide to make a call to your caseworker and she informs you that you are receiving what you are entitled to receive. Why?
Some parents believe child support should cover some or all the bills. Child support is not determined by how much you believe you need or want. The law has already determined the amount you should receive. Support is set by how many children you have and the net pay from the absent parent. Also, if he or she has other children before you.
The more money the absent parent makes means the more support for your child. It’s important to understand that if the absent parent makes minimum wage then you will not receive much in support. Pick wisely.
Originally posted on August 7, 2017
The obligation to provide child support does not usually cease when a parent becomes disabled. However, it’s much harder to collect support and payments normally become sporadic. Below are some things to be aware of.
- SSI disability payments are made to people who have a very low income. These payments cannot be garnished for child support.
- SSDI CAN be garnished to fulfill child support obligations.
Disabled parents can seek a modification of child support. The court will evaluate the nature of the disability and determine support. Always check with your state for laws in your area.
Originally posted on June 13, 2017
Parents can still be held liable for child support when in jail. Child Support can look for any assets. However, it is normal for a custodial parent to not receive child support while the non-custodial parent is in jail or prison. Here is why:
An incarcerated parent who owes child support can ask the court to do one of the following:
- Suspend child support orders during incarceration
- Reduce child support orders during incarceration
It will then be up to a judge to decide. It will still be almost impossible to receive support if the absent parent is in prison because he or she has no income. Most agencies will not pursue support until he is out of prison. Always make sure you check with your state on this topic.