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An order to pay child support is a court order that must be complied with. If you are not receiving court ordered child support you could attempt to garnish the nonpaying party’s wages or bring a contempt action against them. If you are not paying court ordered child support, you could defend yourself by showing that because of circumstances out of your control, you no longer have the ability to pay. Notwithstanding, you should be aware that there could be consequences for failing to pay court ordered child support. Those consequences include jail, license revocation and an order to pay attorney’s fees, costs and compensatory or coercive fines. 

Enforcing a Child Support Order

  • Wage Garnishment

    When a parent does not pay their court ordered child support, the court may order their employer to garnish or deduct money from their earnings or wages.
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  • Contempt

    When a contempt action is filed for nonpayment of child support, the court will hold a contempt hearing where the court will determine whether the nonpaying parent has the present...
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Penalties for Nonpayment of Child Support

  1. Jail
  2. License Revocation


In extreme circumstances, a parent may be sentenced to jail for nonpayment of child support. Before a nonpaying parent can be sent to jail, the court must first determine...

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License Revocation

Failure to pay child support could result in your driver's license and/or your professional license being suspended.

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