The issue of child support can be easy or problematic, depending on the attitudes of both parents. Some parents just make an agreement together and never have to deal with court ordered child support. However, a lot of child support cases do go to court.
Once a case of child support goes to court, the judge will determine how much child support should be paid by the non-custodial parent. It will then be up to that parent to make the payments as ordered by the court. But what happens when a parent doesn’t pay child support according to the court order?
Automatic State Child Support Enforcement
In some states there is a program setup where people who have not paid child support like they are supposed to, are automatically tracked. They are then charged, or have their wages garnished, in order to make up the payments. However, some people consider that system to be controversial. So, not all states use it.
Working with Child Support Agencies and Friend of the Court Offices
If you have custody of your child and the other parent is not making the child support payments on time, you can try to get them to comply with help from a Friend…
If you are concerned that you may have to pay child support, or want to know what amount the other parent may have to pay to you, you should use a child support calculator or formula to estimate the amount that might be owed.
Each state’s child support calculator or formula involves slightly different factors, but there are some things that are common to all states. One of those things is the income calculation. The non-custodial parent’s income will definitely be looked at in order to determine the amount of the child support payment. However, the income of the parent that has custody may also be considered.
For example, if the custodial parent has a full-time job and the non-custodial parent only has a part-time job, or no job at all, a judge may order a very low child support payment. In some cases, the judge may find that no child support has to be paid at all.
Some states will consider the expenses (regular bills) that one or both parents have to pay. A child support payment may go up or down, depending on which parent has to pay more bills. However, many states don’t consider regular bills when determining child support.