Not paying child support payments in Texas could put the parent required to make payments in violation of a legally binding court order. When this happens, the custodial parent needs to take steps to rectify the situation and family law lawyers in Plano, TX can help parents take these steps to enforce a child support order.
Steps to Take if The Ex is Not Paying Child Support Payments in Texas
To start, if the ex is working and isn’t paying child support, his/her wages may be garnished. This means that the employer will be ordered to withhold a certain amount of the individual’s pay to meet the child support obligation. Employers have to comply with this law or they will face penalties.
Secondly, when someone refuses to comply with a court order, he or she can be charged with contempt of court. It’s possible that the ex can be charged and may have to pay fines or serve jail time.
Next, if the ex is more than three months behind on child support and isn’t taking steps to comply with the order, his/her driver’s license may be suspended. The ex may also be at risk for other types of state-issued license suspensions. A warning will be mailed first to allow time to address the situation.
Finally, sometimes, financial troubles may be the reason for the ex’s non-payment. If in communication with the ex, the filer may be aware of the difficulties he/she is having.
Still, individuals who have been ordered to pay child support must continue to pay the agreed upon amount unless they seek a modification from the court, or negotiate an agreement with the other parent and have that agreement approved by a judge.
How Family Law Lawyers in Plano, TX Can Help
Child support is the ex’s responsibility if he or she is the non-custodial parent and was ordered to make payments per a court order. Speak with family law lawyers in Plano, TX at Warren & Migliaccio for help enforcing an order if the ex is not paying child support payments in Texas.