If your ex-spouse won't pay child support, then you may want to get
the courts involved. If your ex is under an obligation to pay
child support, then he or she must do so faithfully. Maybe your spouse lost his or her
job or experienced a reduction in income because of illness or injury.
In these situations, you may want to negotiate with your spouse and patiently
await the payments. However, if your ex has ceased to pay you merely out
of spite, then you should definitely pursue the matter. If your ex-spouse
won't pay support, you have several paths you can choose to enforce
First, many times when a former spouse cannot afford to make support payments,
the parents will enter into a private agreement. A private agreement can
suspend or reduce the amount of child support or adjust the frequency
of the payments until your ex is able to get back on his or her feet.
If you do create one of these private agreements, it is important that
you remind your ex that you will take the matter to court if he or she
does not resume making payments as required under the new agreement. It
is a good idea to have your family law attorney draft the agreement and
make sure that you are enforcing a legal and court-backed plan. A skilled
Los Angeles family lawyer can help you to craft a creative and helpful
If a private agreement isn't helpful in your case, then you may want
to try mediation. A compassionate mediator may be able to patiently explain
the situation and help you to resolve your issues. Mediation is less adversarial
than going to court, and may ultimately be a cheaper alternative. Mediation
will also give you greater flexibility. Third, if mediation and private
agreements both aren't satisfactory choices, you have the right to
go to court. You can take up a contempt proceeding. In court, a judge
will help you figure out the most effective way to enforce child support
and may even mandate wage garnishment for reluctant and stingy spouses.
Call the firm today to learn more and get a family lawyer in Los Angeles
on your side.