For divorcing couples, child custody may be a sensitive issue. This contention may spill over to child support payments once the decisions on child custody have been made. Once child support rulings and payment amounts have been determined, it is the responsibility of the paying parent to adhere to the legally binding agreement.
Unfortunately, following this order is often easier said than done. In fact, according to the Office of Child Support Enforcement or OSCE, there were 15.8 million cases to deal with in 2007, and many of these cases did not go smoothly. President of the National Support Foundation believes that there is an estimated $772 billion dollars in unpaid child support owed to children in the United States.
If you are involved with a deadbeat parent who is behind or refuses to pay his or her child support, you will need to file a motion in court to address the issue. Regardless of where you stand with child support and the relationship between your ex-spouse, there are some tips that can help you avoid current or potential problems down the road.
First, you should keep a journal. Documenting all payments made and any other information you have regarding your ex-spouse's current work and income is vital information to keep record of. Learn and understand the laws regarding child support. Going to court with an understanding of the laws can only help. And lastly, be confident and fully understand your expectations and how the agreement between you and your ex-spouse is not being fulfilled.
Entering the courts with knowledge and relevant information will make your child support case stronger and will only help in getting the outcome you desire and deserve. It may also be wise to consider seeking professional assistance from a firm familiar with family law to improve your likelihood of success.
Source: About.com, "Child Support Enforcement - Tips on Pursuing Child Support Enforcement," Linda Lowen, accessed Sept. 13, 2016