As a primary custodian, successfully gaining a child support order may be a great relief, since it can be very difficult to raise a child as a single parent, especially from a financial perspective. However, when the other parent stops paying the child support with no warning, it can mean that you as the primary custodian can suffer considerably, and you may be unsure of what you can do in order to enforce the child support order.
There are federal and state specific laws in place that help primary custodians to enforce court-ordered child support. If you want to get the child support payments that your family deserves, it is a good idea to learn about these laws so that you can be empowered to take action.
How can unpaid child support be enforced?
When a person does not pay his or her child support obligations, he or she will receive a letter explaining the obligations in place, the process for paying and the time frame for paying it. Delinquent parents will also be given an outline for the consequences they will face for not paying child support.
There are many consequences associated with not paying child support. The way that the missed payments will be enforced depends on the amount missed and the length of time the child support has gone unpaid. Consequences can include the denial of a drivers' license, the denial of a passport, intercepting unemployment insurance and wage garnishment.
If you are owed child support payments in the state of Pennsylvania, it is important that you stand up for your child's rights.