The Facts About Back Child Support
WHAT IS BACK CHILD SUPPORT?
Most of us have heard the term, but what exactly is back child support? In the United States and many other countries, children
have a right to receive financial support from their parents. This money is paid from one parent to the other as a way to care for the child and when that responsibility isn’t held up by the assigned party, it becomes a debt that eventually needs to be repaid even after the child has reached adulthood. This is what’s known as paying back child support.
CAN WE COME UP WITH OUR OWN AGREEMENT?
Before moving into the topic further, let me just preface by saying that not every situation is the same. Some people have a better relationship with the mother or father of their child so there could be instances where payments were skipped due to unemployment or something similar. If the lines of communication are open and you trust that they are going to make up the difference without having them charged any extra fees or interest that’s perfectly acceptable… just
know that these personal arrangements are not mandated by the state and there’s no guarantee of payment.
The answer to this question is fairly simple. It depends fully on the terms of custody and if you or your ex partner were ordered to pay child support. Whoever that party is, if you’re behind by even one payment you’ve officially started owing back child support. Usually issues of back child support are handled at the state level, but if you’ve been in arrears for over two years, the federal government may get involved at that point to resolve the issue of non payment.
THE CONSEQUENCE OF NONPAYMENT
While you may not be the type to take child support payments seriously, the repercussions of avoiding your financial responsibility to your child(ren) can be severe including:
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Passport denial if you owe more than $2,500
- Seizure of your tax refund
- Wage garnishments
- Having your property seized
- Time in jail
It’s also worth noting that even if you plan to flee the country, over 100 different countries participate in cross border enforcement and will assist in any way they can to get you back to the United States.
CAN I GET BACK CHILD SUPPORT AND HOW DO I APPLY?
This varies from state to state, but if you are owed money from the mother or father of your child and have not been receiving it, your first step should always be to contact your state district attorney’s office. A lot of the time the courts will chose to simply pay you what you’re owed while they pursue the other party for repayment. This allows you to continue caring for your child without having to worry if you’re ever going to see the money you were promised.
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