What If Your Spouse Stops Paying Child Support?
Knowing Your Legal Options When a 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. He or she could be sanctioned with:
- Wage garnishments
- Withholding tax returns
- Jail time and more.
Twice last week, I got a phone call: “What if my spouse doesn’t pay child support or alimony?”
I don’t know if something’s in the air, but spouses aren’t paying. Listen, any time that any order of the court is being violated, you can file a contempt action. Your spouse is brought back to court. He or she could be sanctioned with fees, ordered to pay your attorney’s fees or even be sent — with a toothbrush — to jail until they comply with the court order. When the state gets involved and it comes to child support, they can withhold wages, take your tax returns, revoke licenses, report delinquent payers to the credit bureaus, put liens on assets, take lottery winnings and even prevent the issuance of passports. It’s bad stuff.
If someone isn’t going to pay, you make them pay. File a contempt.