Child support orders are issued by family courts in order to make sure your children are getting the money they need to live as any other child with two parents would. The funds can be used for schooling, medical care, housing or other needs. Normally, the state follows guidelines to come up with the amount of money your child will receive. This can vary, though, and your child support could be higher or lower than the guidelines provided.
When you’re expecting child support payments, remember that they can vary if your ex decides to alter the arrangement within the court system. For example, if your ex suddenly gets a new job and earns more, he or she could decide to inform the court and pay more of his or her income toward child support. However, if your ex loses his or her job, then he or she may be in a position to request a reduction in child support.
If child support isn’t paid in a timely manner, it’s possible to have the parent who isn’t paying arrested in some cases. This isn’t necessarily helpful, as those who have convictions on their records have a harder time finding and keeping a job. It can also mean that the person who isn’t paying isn’t working, and someone without money can’t pay child support.
It’s also possible for the courts to garnish the parent’s wages if he or she doesn’t pay on time. This can help recoup the child support by taking some of the person’s paycheck each week or month.
The one thing that won’t happen is a restriction to seeing the child. Child support and child custody are not handled as a single case; that means that issues with support will be handled separately from custody issues. Our website has more information on how you can receive the child support you need, so you can focus on the happiness of your child.