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The regulations enabling enforcement of child support

Child support is often necessary from a separated parent to protect the wellbeing of children under the care of a custodial parent. Whether you live in Saint Charles, Missouri, or anywhere in the United States, the failure to fulfill your child support payment obligations comes with serious consequences.

In 1984, the United States passed the Child Support Enforcement Act in an effort to help district attorneys in charge of child support enforce payments and protect children and custodial parents from financial distress. While child support delinquents are subject to jail time, it can be seen as counter-productive, as he or she would be far less likely to be able to earn income while spending time in jail.

Instead, district attorneys are likely to apply some of the other consequences available, such as: the withholding of federal tax refunds; the garnishments of wages; the seizure of property; the suspension of an occupational license (such as a plumbing or teaching license), business license (such as the operation of a restaurant) or driver's license; and the denial of a passport from the United States Department of State for past due child support payments of over $2,500. For parents who live out of state, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act requires that the state with jurisdiction of the child support will maintain control and force the payer to fulfill his or her payment obligations, regardless of where in the United States the non-custodial parent lives.

As you can see, failing to pay child support comes with serious consequences. And for the custodial parent in need of child support to help care for their children, there are many protections and laws out to aid in the enforcement of child support.

Source: findlaw.com, "Enforcement of Child Support: FAQ's", Accessed Apr. 21, 2015

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