On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in support on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
Enforcement of child support and child custody orders is an important topic that is worth understanding. This blog recently discussed the importance of child support modification options, but is also important for parents in Saint Louis County to understand their child support and child custody enforcement options, and what resources are available to them.
The family law system provides a variety of important resources to help parents establish child support and child custody, to modify child support and child custody when needed and to enforce a child support order or child custody arrangement when the need arises. The potential consequences for failure to pay child support as ordered by the court are significant, so parents with a child support order should know what these consequences are.
Failure to pay child support can result in income being withheld, state and federal tax returns being withheld, negative reporting to credit bureaus, liens being filed on personal property, driver’s license suspension and other possible enforcement actions. While these options are available to help enforce a child support order, it illustrates the importance of being familiar with child support modification options if a parent is having difficulty meeting their child support obligations. Family law resources are available both to parents having difficult paying child support and those seeking to enforce a valid child support order.
Additionally, there are family law resources available to enforce a child custody arrangement and visitation, including if visitation is being withheld related to child support, which is not permissible. Child support and child custody issues can quickly grow complex, which is why it is necessary to understand the different family law tools available to help parents work through child support and child custody concerns.