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What are possible ways child support can be enforced?

Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful experiences anyone can experience. While there are many different elements that need to be considered, one of the most important are the children involved. Making sure all children involved in a divorce are cared for properly is difficult on its own, but the matter of child support can be messy as well. Sometimes, a situation can arise in which one spouse doesn't pay the child support they are tasked with. Thankfully, there are options available that can help enforce child support payments.

There are several different methods that can be employed to enforce the payment of child support. Federal tax refunds can be withheld and those funds can be forcefully put toward any missed child support payments. Various other ways also exist including garnishing wages, seizing property to use for payments, suspending occupational licenses (such as licenses to practice medicine or to teach), suspending business licenses and revoking driver's license.

A person who is delinquent in payments can also be refused a passport, making it impossible for them to leave the country. Clearly, the many different methods of enforcing child support can make life very difficult for the person who isn't paying. If none of those methods work, a person who doesn't pay child support can also face jail time for being in contempt of court.

Going through a divorce is certainly very stressful, but you don't have to navigate the path alone. Seeking the assistance of an experienced and qualified attorney can help you form a solid plan of legal action in all aspects of a divorce, including child support payments.

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