Divorce has an unfortunate way of causing seemingly simple disagreements between spouses to escalate into outright battles. Unresolved conflict between parents can have harmful effects on the kids of divorce.
Sometimes, co-parent disputes deescalate after the divorce as everyone settles into the new family dynamic. Other times, one parent lets their emotions get the best of them and decides to withhold child support.
Paying child support is not optional
Both parents must understand that when a judge issues child support instructions, it is not a request or a suggestion. It is a legally enforceable court order requiring compliance from each parent. The noncustodial parent must help with support, and the custodial parent must use the money to benefit their children.
Each state has established methods of enforcing a child support order if a noncustodial parent ceases their payments or falls behind. Below are the methods Indiana uses to enforce these orders.
- Revoke or deny passports
- Withhold assets held in banking institutions
- Place a lien on automobiles
- Suspend driving, hunting and fishing licenses
- Report arrears to credit bureaus
- Suspend professional or occupational licenses
One of the most effective forms of enforcement involves the interception of potentially valuable assets like:
- Tax refunds
- Lottery winnings
- Employer bonuses
- Insurance settlements
In the eyes of the law, there is never a good reason for parents to stop supporting their children financially. Noncustodial parents experiencing economic hardships should consider taking the matter to court rather than deviating from an order. Custodial parents concerned about non-payment should also consider a legal solution. Legal guidance can strengthen your odds of resolving your child support problems.