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What happens with missed child support payments?

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Child Support

When you part ways with your spouse, the law aims to ensure your children receive the financial assistance they need. Child support settlements are legally binding in Michigan, and missing payments can lead to serious consequences.

You must understand your legal rights if your ex-spouse does not make the required payments. Knowing what steps to take is important for the well-being of your children.

Child support orders

A court orders child support amounts to provide financial help for your children. These payments cover essential needs like food, clothing and shelter. The court calculates the costs based on various factors, including each parent’s income and your children’s needs.

Missed payments

Michigan takes non-payment seriously, as it directly impacts the children’s well-being. If a parent falls behind on payments, the court can enforce the order through several methods.

  • Income withholding:The court can direct your ex’s employer to withhold child support directly from their paycheck
  • Driver’s license suspension:This consequence can significantly impact your co-parent’s ability to commute to work or perform daily tasks, serving as an incentive to comply with the court order
  • Liens and seizures:In severe cases of non-payment, the court may place liens on or seize the assets of the non-paying parent, including bank accounts, vehicles or real estate

Continued failure to comply with a child support order can result in contempt of court. These charges can lead to fines, community service or even jail time.

Michigan law requires that both parents fulfill their financial responsibilities to sustain their children’s upbringing. You have legal options to enforce the support payments outlined in your divorce settlement.