When it comes to divorce, few issues are more sensitive or as complex than child support. But it is one of the most important and necessary components of a divorce settlement. The court’s main objective is to always rule in the best interest of the child. Once a settlement is reached, it must be honored by both parties. Unfortunately, there are far too many many people throughout Utah that fail to honor their child support obligations. Even more unfortunate, is far too many people feel powerless when their ex fails to pay their child support. But there are solutions and the first is to immediately contact a Salt Lake City divorce attorney.
The Consequences of Missing Child Support Payments
Failing to pay child support is a serious violation that can result in severe penalties. When this occurs, penalties can be handed by down by the family court overseeing the case. If the payment delinquency continues, the Utah Office of Recovery Services (ORS) will get involved. Depending on the on the level of delinquency, the ORS can hand out the following forms of punishment.
- The delinquent party will be held in contempt of court
- Unpaid child support can be used against your credit report and lower your score
- Failure to pay child support can result in a wage garnishment
- Your property may be seized
- You may lose some or all of your tax refund
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- A levy is placed on your bank account
- Suspension of your professional or business license
- Significant criminal charges can be filed resulting in probation and significant time behind bars.
A Salt Lake Divorce Attorney Can Help
If your ex-spouse has failed to pay their child support, it is vital to seek representation from an experienced and knowledgeable Salt Lake City divorce attorney immediately. Your attorney can immediately obtain and file the necessary documentation with the court to bring the proper action. If you have failed pay child support, an attorney can also help. Many people are unable to pay alimony or child support because of a sudden change in their finances. They may have lost a job or face huge medical expenses. When these significant changes happen in your life, an attorney can help petition the court for a modification of your divorce decree. Far too many people make the mistake of trying to solve their family law problems on their own. Some give up hope and fail to take any action. A good attorney can effectively present your change in circumstances to the court to ensure the best possible results.
Contact The Ault Firm for an Initial Consultation
Salt Lake City divorce attorney Christoper M. Ault understands many of the challenges and obstacles facing those who file for divorce. As a child support attorney, he has successfully represented both men and women with some of the most difficult and complex issues concerning family law. If you or your ex-spouse have failed or are unable to pay child support, contact the legal professionals at The Ault Firm to schedule your consultation to discuss your case.