What to Do if Your Ex-Spouse is Not Paying Child Support

Sometimes, marriages end in divorce. When this happens, and the divorced parties share a child, the court may order one spouse to pay child support to the other. In Florida, child support laws are designed to ensure children receive the financial support they need from both parents regardless of whether the parents are married or divorced. When a parent is ordered to make child support payments, they are required to cooperate and make timely payments. However, it is not uncommon for people to find themselves in a situation where their ex-spouse refuses to pay child support. If your ex-spouse is not making child support payments, you may wonder what to do. You must understand what to do and what not to do in such a situation to avoid complicating things. Below, we look at some of the dos and don’ts if your ex-spouse is not paying child support;

What to Do if Your Ex-Spouse is Not Paying Child Support

The following are some of the things to do if your ex-spouse is not paying child support;

Stay Calm

It can be frustrating if your ex-spouse is not paying child support. Being left to provide for your child alone can be hard. Despite how you feel, you must maintain your composure. Stay calm and document your ex-spouse’s failure to make child support payments. Keep a record of all the communication attempts. Documentation is vital if legal action becomes necessary.

Talk to Your Ex-Spouse

If you have not tried talking to your ex-spouse about the missed child support payments, try doing so in a calm and respectful manner. Although it could be challenging, it may be possible for you and your ex-spouse to work things out amicably. If you try speaking to your ex-spouse and they are unwilling or unable to make payments, you need to look into other options. 

Seek Legal Help

It may be necessary for you to seek legal help if your ex-spouse is not making child support payments. An attorney experienced in child support matters can provide valuable guidance on your legal rights and options. They can help you determine the best course of action. For example, it could be best for you to file a Motion for Contempt. This could result in the court finding your ex-spouse in contempt. If this happens, your ex-spouse may face, among other penalties, wage garnishment and fines.

What Not to Do if Your Ex-Spouse is Not Paying Child Support

The following are some of the things you should avoid doing if your ex-spouse is not paying child support;

Retaliating

Do not prevent your ex-spouse from seeing your child. This can affect the relationship between them and the child. It may also have serious legal consequences. For example, you may be found in contempt of court. Consistently withholding visitation rights can also result in loss of timesharing rights.

Fighting With Your Ex-Spouse in Front of Your Child

Having arguments in front of your child can cause them emotional distress and harm their relationship with both you and the other parent.

Ignoring the Situation

Finally, do not ignore your ex-spouse’s failure to make child support payments. Missing child support payments can adversely affect your child’s life and financially strain you.

Contact a Qualified Child Support Attorney

Is your ex-spouse refusing to make child support payments? Contact our qualified child support attorney at Tampa Bay Legal Center, P.A., for help understanding your legal rights and options. 

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