Enforce Child Support Obligations Without a Lawyer

Child Support Payments Enforce Child Support Obligations Without a Lawyer

How to Enforce Child Support Obligations Without a Lawyer

Whether you're having trouble paying your child support or your former partner is refusing to deliver or communicate about back child support, a child support lawyer can help you. DoNotPay can help you with anything a local child support lawyer can, and much more. Here's what you need to know.

What Does Child Support Arrears Mean?

If a court has already required that you or your child's other payment owes child support, you may have heard the term "child support arrears." Essentially, child support arrears means that child support is owed but has not been paid. Note, it only takes one missed payment for child support to fall into arrears, and there can be severe consequences for the individual who fails to pay child support.

What Are Some of the Legal Consequences for Failing to Pay Child Support?

The legal consequences one could face for not paying child support depend on several factors, including the state the court order for payment was issued in, how many months are past-due, and the past-due dollar amount. Among the ways one can be punished for not paying child support on time are:

  • Time in jail or prison
  • Wage garnishment
  • Passport revocation
  • Garnishment of lottery winnings, state and federal tax refunds, and other types of federal payments
  • Report of the past-due child support to the three major credit bureaus

How to Budget for Child Support

If a court orders you to pay child support, and you're not sure you'll be able to afford it, you have several options, including:

  • Getting a child support lawyer to help you reduce your monthly liability
  • Cutting discretionary spending as much as possible
  • Transferring a portion of your monthly liability to a savings account every time you get paid; if you are paid more than once per month, you won't have to lose most of your paycheck to one expense every month.
  • Having the money come out of your paycheck automatically.

How to Budget if You Will Be Receiving Child Support

It is highly advisable to budget, assuming you will not receive child support. There may be months that your former partner only pays a portion of the child support owed or pays nothing at all.

If you received a lump sum alimony payment after your divorce, consider keeping that in a savings account if you do not receive the child support owed. Also, try to reduce your expenses so you can afford to care for your child without help from your ex-spouse. If you have any money left over at the end of the month, transfer it to a savings account in case you need it in the future.

Child Support Guides By State

Child support laws can be confusing, but DoNotPay can help you make sense of them regardless of where you live. Simply find your state in the table below and learn more:

South CarolinaKansasNorth Dakota
Rhode IslandNebraskaMississippi
New MexicoOhioArkansas
New HampshireNevadaArizona
AlabamaKentuckyWest Virginia
Washington StateColoradoIndiana
CaliforniaNew YorkNew Jersey
FloridaNorth CarolinaWisconsin

Use DoNotPay to Demand Child Support Payments

If you are having trouble getting child support payments that are in arrears, DoNotPay can send a demand letter for late payments in just three simple steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made, the number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


How to Avoid Paying Child Support Legally

If you can't pay child support, there are a few ways you can use the law to your advantage and stop paying child support legally. For instance, you can legally stop paying child support if your child becomes emancipated at 16 or 17. Usually, children become emancipated when they get married. However, child support payments can also legally stop if the joint child enlists active military duty.

How Long Does Child Support Last?

Child support usually lasts until the joint child is 18 years of age. However, it is necessary to pay child support in some states until the joint child is 19 or 21. Child support payments may also last longer if the child in question is deemed dependent due to a debilitating mental or physical disability.

How Else DNP Can Help You

DNP can also help you with other queries regarding the child support process, including:

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