Non-payment of child support has become a serious problem nationwide. Many thousands of single parents struggle to care for the needs of their children without the financial assistance that was ordered by a family court. Collecting child support can be challenging for these individuals, particularly if the non-custodial parent moves out of state. You should work with a Bryan divorce attorney if you are in this position.
Non-Payment of Child Support
If you are a parent who is not receiving ordered child support, it is important to keep in mind that the law is on your side. Non-payment of child support is a federal offense, and is punishable by a suspension of driving privileges, loss of ability to possess a passport, garnishment of wages, and even imprisonment.
If the other Parent Has Moved to another State
If the parent who is responsible for paying child support moves out of state and fails to make payments, you are protected under federal law. The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) was established to enforce payment of child support. The act establishes methods through which you can enforce payment. These include:
- Submit a request to your Texas family court to forward the child support order to the court in the jurisdiction/state where the other parent now resides. You then ask that court to enforce the child support order.
- Physically visit the state where the other parent lives and file an enforcement order with the court in that jurisdiction.
- Mail a copy of the support order to the other parent’s employer and request garnishment of wages.
Unfortunately, as should be evident from the above, gaining enforcement of the child support order is not easily accomplished. For one, paying a visit to the state in question can be difficult both logistically and financially. Also, if you opt to request your Texas family court to forward the order to the court in question, this can take time. Finally, if the other parent has moved out of state with the intention of avoiding payment of support, he may move again.
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