If your spouse is not paying mandated child support, you may need to get
the courts involved. You will need to prove that your ex-spouse isn't
making any effort to satisfy the court-mandated payments. Normally, you
will have to establish a pattern of this type of behavior for six months
before law enforcement gets involved. At this point, a county sheriff
will begin enforcement child support or will make sure that the payments
are garnished from an individual's wages.
If child support is not being paid through wage execution or through the
probation department, then you have the right to file a motion in court
for enforcement. In some cases, filers will have to pay a filing fee to
get the motion underway, but the fee is typically not exorbitant. If an
ex isn't willing to pay the child support, then the law enforcement
will first attempt to reason with the parent.
If this does not work, then the court will explore using other methods.
This may even mean trying to suspend the ex-spouse's professional
license so that he or she cannot work until making an effort to pay all
outstanding child support obligations. The court can also take away a
parent's driver's license, seize tax refunds, and garnish wages.
In extreme cases, a deadbeat parent can be prosecuted and thrown in jail
for his or her crime.
Investigators will try to determine whether or not a non-paying parent
is doing so because he or she cannot afford the expenses, or if the parent
is just being stingy with his or her money. If you want to learn more
about this type of child support situation, talk with a reliable and hardworking
Los Angeles family lawyer at Claery & Green today!