Getting divorced when you have children can be very difficult. Parents face many challenges during and after the divorce like figuring out where to live, child custody arrangements and trying to co-parent with their ex.
Child support is often a contested issue in many divorces. Some parents are unhappy with the amount of child support they are required to pay while other parents need more in child support to help pay for their child. These child support concerns are common but what about parents who don’t receive any child support from their ex?
It is difficult to report on unpaid child support statistics in Arizona but the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement reported that in 2009, there was $108 million in unpaid child support claims in the United States.
What can you do if you are owed child support? If one parent refuses to pay child support or cannot afford to make the payments, they can be arrested or have their wages garnished. If the parent isn’t working or doesn’t make enough to pay the entire amount of child support, it can be difficult to receive the child support you are owed.
Keeping in mind that all child support cases are unique, listed below are some things parents can do to try and receive child support:
- Keep the other parent involved: keeping your ex involved with your child will not only be beneficial for your child but it can also lead to your ex paying child support in the future once he or she can afford to.
- Don’t add child support to your monthly budget: if it is unlikely that you will receive child support every month, don’t put it in your budget. This can help you better manage your finances each month.
- Ask for parent to pay at least some of the monthly payment if he or she cannot afford to make the entire payment.
These tips can help parents think about the different ways they can negotiate and discuss child support payments with their ex and attorney. These suggestions may help in some cases, but it is important to know when to go to court. Filing a motion for child support enforcement can create more consequences for the parent if he or she continues to not pay child support.
Contact Our Family Law Attorney Mesa AZ
Regardless of how long you have been married or how complicated your case may seem, our attorneys can help. Call the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 for a consultation.
Source: U.S. News, “What to Do When Your Ex Won’t (or Can’t) Pay Child Support,” Geoff Williams, Nov. 20, 2013