Penalties for Evading Child Support in Arizona

childsupportRaising kids requires a lot of financial responsibility, and the responsibilities certainly don’t go away after divorce and custody agreements. The Sampair Group divorce attorneys know that court ordered child support can be a huge financial burden after divorce, especially now that you are likely either living on your own income instead of income joined between you and your spouse, or you are trying to support a new partner/family while having to support your children from your previous marriage. Skipping child support payments or trying to pay less than you have to may seem tempting, but there are serious penalties involved.

A child support order is just as enforced as any other court order. There are many options available for a parent that is owed child support to use to get money from their former spouse.

When a parent attempts to avoid paying child support, there are several things that can happen as a result:

  • Wage Garnishment – This happens when part of your salary is paid to a judgment creditor, as a result of a court order.  If a parent is ordered to pay child support through their own payment plan and doesn’t follow through with the payments, wage garnishment may be ordered, and an agreement between the employer and the court is made for a certain amount to come directly out of the payor’s paycheck.
  • License Revocation – If a parent refuses to pay child support they are also at risk for having their license suspended. Even if the spouse that is supposed to pay tries to go to another state to get a new license, their attempts will not be successful.
  • Credit Bureau Reporting – Arizona has the authority to report any missed or late payments to consumer reporting agencies. This depends on how much the parent owes or how late they are on missed payments.

If your child support payments have become overwhelming, or if you are a parent that is supposed to receive child support payments but are not seeing them, contact a Surprise child custody lawyer immediately. The attorneys at The Sampair Group will work with you based on the specific circumstances of your case. For a free consultation, visit us today at www.sampair.com.