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The consequences of unpaid child support

Child support payments are ordered by the court, and this means that they must be paid by law. Although the law is strict when it comes to child support payments, studies show that less than 50 percent of children receive regular payments.

It is a federal offense to avoid paying court-ordered child support. If you do not pay on time, the following are some of the consequences that you could face.

You may have your driver's license suspended

When you need to renew your driver's license or try to obtain a driver's license for the first time, the state now asks whether you are paying your child support payments. If it is found that you are behind on payments, you will not be able to successfully gain a driver's license.

You may be subject to wage garnishment

If you are not paying your child support, the government will find ways to retrieve these funds from you. This might lead to them taking them from your employment wage before you receive it.

You may be unable to gain a passport

If you try to gain or renew your passport, the state will also take measures to prevent this from happening if they find that you are not paying child support.

In addition to these penalties, you may also face jail time if you continue to refuse to pay child support.

If you are struggling to pay child support, or if you are struggling to attain child support from the other parent of your child, you should take action immediately so that the situation can be resolved.

Source: The Spruce, "Failure to Pay Child Support," accessed March 09, 2018

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