If the courts have demanded that you receive a certain amount of child
support every single month, then chances are that they arranged the amount
in a bracket that they assumed was affordable for your ex. If your ex-spouse
is unable to make those payments, and you are not getting the funds that
you need, then you can take several steps to work towards receiving report.
First of all, it is essential that you document all of the missed payments
and keep a running tally which you can show the courts when you petition
for child support that has not yet been paid. It is also important that
you keep a parent involved in his or her child's life even if he or
she isn't paying child support. If you shut the parent out, this may
work against you rather than for you. If a parent is shut out of his or
her child's life, it may demotivate that person to pay child support
even further. On the other hand, if you keep a parent involved in his
or her child's life, it may motivate that parent to pay the support
when it is affordable.
It is also important that as the receiving spouse you do not budget around
your child support, especially if your spouse is not reliable. Essentially,
if a person is not reliable then you cannot be certain that you will get
these funds every month, and should not rely on them for your day to day
expenses. Family law experts also suggest that you do not run to your
lawyer right away. Give the situation some time before you jump to the
conclusion that you need to take this case to court.
You should wait about six months before asking a county sheriff to help
child support. At this point, authorities may demand that your ex pay you through wage
execution or through probation. If the child support is still not being
paid, it may be necessary to take this issue to court and demand enforcement.
Contact a Los Angeles family attorney at Claery & Green if you would
like more information on this issue!