Los Gatos post-divorce enforcement lawyer

Separating from a spouse or partner can be emotionally challenging, but a separation or divorce can be even more difficult when it affects a parent’s relationship with their children. Because of this, issues related to child custody are often some of the most contentious matters involved in divorce cases. However, regardless of the decisions made about custody, one parent is often ordered to pay child support. These payments are meant to provide for a child’s needs, and if a parent is not meeting their court-ordered obligations, it is important to understand the legal options available to ensure that children receive the support they deserve. 

My Former Spouse Is Not Paying Child Support 

According to the Federal Government’s report on Custodial Mothers and Fathers and their Child Support, there are more than 13 million single custodial parents living throughout the United States. Just under half of those parents have an established child support agreement with their child’s other parent. Unfortunately, many custodial parents never actually receive the money their children are entitled to. According to the study, throughout 2016, less than 70% of all child support was actually received by the custodial parent. This means that many parents are failing to fully pay their child support obligations, or they are neglecting to pay them altogether. 

There are a number of steps a skilled attorney can take to ensure that you receive child support payments on time and in full. Your attorney can present a compelling case to the court to request that consequences be imposed on the parent that is failing to make payments. These consequences may include garnishment of wages, seizure of property, or use of federal tax refunds to contribute to the delinquent payments. If the parent refuses to make child support payments for more than one year, they may be charged with a misdemeanor and face significant jail time. If the delinquent parent owes more than $10,000, they could ultimately be charged with a felony. 

Contact a Los Gatos Child Support Lawyer

For single custodial parents, receiving child support payments in full can ensure that they are able to provide their child with a quality life. Recognizing this, Attorney Benita Ventresca is prepared to take the necessary legal steps to help you secure the payments you are owed. To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced Los Gatos, CA family law attorney, contact our office at 408-395-8822

Sources:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/us-child-support-statistics-2997994