What happens if noncustodial parents fail to pay child support?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2022 | Family Law |

In the aftermath of divorce, you and your co-parent are probably prepared to offer your children extra attention and emotional reassurance. These things are crucial, but kids of divorce also need financial support from both parents.

As the noncustodial parent, you make financial contributions according to the child support agreement made in your divorce. Since this is a legally binding court order, you could face numerous consequences if you fail to meet your support obligations.

Wage garnishment

Income withholding is one of the most common enforcement methods the Florida Child Support Program uses to collect past-due payments. A withholding action puts your job wages at risk and could affect other income streams (workers’ compensation, tax refunds and more).

Property liens

The Program may place liens on certain items you own, such as boats, automobiles and mobile homes. You need only owe $600 (or more) for those in charge of your case to seek a lien against your property.

License suspension

Another effective enforcement method is the suspension of any licenses you hold. It will mean the loss of your driving privileges, but you could also lose your professional and recreational licenses.

More enforcement techniques

Other collection methods include taking bank account funds, denying passport applications and reporting arrears to credit bureaus. In extreme circumstances, you may face contempt of court penalties, including possible incarceration.

Get ahead of the situation

Never simply stop paying child support if life circumstances compromise your financial obligations. At the first hint of economic hardships, seek a legal solution under Florida law. You can get ahead of the issue before it becomes a problem by filing a petition to modify your child support order until your finances improve.