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Child Support FAQ

Helping you navigate complex family matters.

What If My Spouse Stops Paying Child Support?

Any time that any order of the court is being violated, you can file a contempt action. In this case, your spouse is brought back to court.

If your former spouse stops paying child support, they could be sanctioned with the following:

  • Fees
  • Wage garnishments
  • Withholding tax returns
  • Jail time and more.

All too often, we get a phone call asking, “What if my spouse doesn’t pay child support?” Any time any order of the court is being violated, you can file a contempt action. Your spouse will be brought back to court. He or she could be sanctioned with fees, ordered to pay your attorney’s fees, or even be sent to jail until they comply. When the state gets involved and it comes to child support, they can withhold wages, take your tax returns, revoke licenses, report delinquent payers, put liens on assets, take lottery winnings, and even prevent the issuance of passports.

Call our Massachusetts child support attorneys today to learn more about how we can help.

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