Going over the consequences of unpaid child support

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Friday, July 7, 2017.

For those who are considering divorce or have found themselves in the middle of the process, there are often a myriad of topics to consider. For example, couples in Rochester and other parts of Michigan may disagree about the distribution of marital property. However, divorce is often more complex for those who have children. In addition to custody disputes, some may face challenges related to child support. Moreover, it is vital to understand how unpaid child support can have consequences for all parties.

According to material published by the Administration for Children and Families, unpaid child support can have consequences for everyone involved. For custodial parents and children, missed payments can make life difficult in diverse ways and irregular payments can interrupt life and generate a considerable amount of stress. Furthermore, non-custodial parents who miss their payments may face a variety of penalties, such as having their tax refunds intercepted, their bank accounts frozen or their passports denied.

In some cases, back child support becomes a felony, according to the United States Department of Justice. For example, if a non-custodial parent fails to pay child support to a custodial parent who lives in another state for over two years, or they owe more than $10,000 in back child support, they could face two years behind bars and financial penalties. In fact, non-custodial parents who owe back child support to parents living in other states are prosecuted at the federal level if they owe over $5,000 or are delinquent for more than twelve months.