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Child Support Enforcement - An Overview

When filing for divorce and you have children the subject of child support is going to come up.
How one deals and handles the many aspects of child support is going to affect your future and the future of your kids.
Knowing how Child Support is enforced in the United States can help many fathers understand how they can avoid getting into trouble by not following the rules.
Non Compliance to Child Support In these cases this is when a non-custodial parent avoids or does not pay any child support.
Typically society views these parents as "deadbeats" and generally a very negative image is portrayed regarding them.
However there are many reasons why parents choose not to pay child support.
Some of these reasons may be to protest the lack of visitation rights granted to them, the lack of proof that the money they are sending their ex is actually going to help support their children and some are generally not able to pay because of lack of funds.
What the State Can Do Many States have taken it upon themselves to intervene when a parent is in noncompliance to pay child support.
Such actions as suspending a drivers license, a business license and contractors licenses as well.
This is because the state has the authority to oversee the licenses that are operated in their state.
However, in some cases professional licenses are not governed by the State and cannot be enforced by State officials.
In cases where the parent has failed to pay for three months it is possible for the State to garnish wages directly from the parent.
This ensures that the monies go to the child that is in need of support.
In even worse cases of noncompliance the State can even enforce a prison sentence on the "deadbeat" parent.
This is the worst case scenario and really no one benefits from this arrangement as the child will not be able to gather more child support from the parent if he or she is in State's custody.
Failure to pay child support is not a option of protest for a parent.
It is always best to pay what ever the judge has said is due and to fight these rulings in a court of law.
The consequences of not paying are just too high.

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