Divorced parents have the responsibility of taking care of their children, no matter what kind of relationship they have between them. In Virginia, responsibility doesn’t end just because the marriage did, and part of ensuring children have everything they need is financial support. Child support payments come from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent to help with the children’s basic needs like clothing, child care, health care and more.
When support goes unpaid
Many custodial parents rely heavily on child support payments from a former spouse. When the payor refuses to pay what is owing, it can create all kinds of havoc, not only in the life of the custodial parent, but in the lives of the children as well. If this happens to be the case, there are certain steps a noncustodial parent can take which will help get the money that is owed.
A child support order
If having a conversation with the nonpaying parent doesn’t help, there are certain legal remedies that will. One of them is getting a court order to enforce a child support order. This court order could be used to:
- Garnish wages
- Intercept benefit payments or a tax refund
- Deny a passport application
- Put a lien on a home or property
- Suspension of a business license
The courts in Virginia do not take neglecting child support payments lightly. The most important thing is to safeguard the children and to see their best interests are always at heart. If all else fails to secure child support payments from a negligent payor, going to court may be the only option.