The impact of delinquent child support payments

By |2022-04-06T12:58:33+00:0020 Dec 2012|Categories: Child Support, Delinquent Child Support, Divorce|

The impact of delinquent child support payments

Couples in Orange County, California, who have gone through a divorce, may declare themselves single when the proceedings are over. Still, each parent needs to think of their responsibilities as a parent, such as child support payments. Child support is typically settled during the divorce proceeding and implemented afterward.

The amount of child support is generally determined after studying the incomes of each parent, in addition to other factors.

Child support is generally meant to be used for health care, tuition fees and everyday expenses of children. Delayed or delinquent payments may cause hardships to the custodial parent and to the children who are recipients of the support.

Every state has strict rules when it comes to the collection of child support payments.

One example is a child support enforcement roundup that recently took place in Calcasieu, Louisiana. Deputies within the area are adamant about their campaign in arresting delinquent mothers and fathers. The mothers and fathers owe back child support and reportedly had previously failed to show up in court.

One mother who was caught during the roundup said she was behind on payments. In order to avoid ending up in jail and losing her job, she tried to borrow money. Authorities have now helped the woman with her situation so she can continue working as a painter.

Child support orders can sometimes be modified as long as the parent seeking the modification proves in court that he or she is incapable of paying the agreed upon amount, or that the child’s needs have changed. Factors that may trigger the need for a modification are unemployment or a serious medical condition.

It is important that the paying parent remains current with child support payments until a modification is approved in order to avoid being held in contempt of court and facing consequences for nonpayment.

Source:, “Child support roundup targets deadbeat parents,” Theresa Schmidt, Dec. 12, 2012

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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