Your ex has gotten a child support court order against you. That is the first step for getting child support payments. However, that court order does not force you to make the payments. If you are not willing to make payments, your ex can take legal steps to enforce the order.
If you are employed, wage assignment is the easiest way for your ex to get child support payments enforced. The wage assignment (garnishment) is issued by the courts to your employer. That order tells your employer to withhold the support payment amount from your wages. The employer then sends the payment to the courts where it is issued to your ex for support of your child.
In the state of California, wage assignments are normally issued when the original court order for support is issued. If you change jobs, a new order is issued to your new employer.
If your employer fails to deduct the wage assignment from your wages, your ex can send a letter to your employer reiterating the legal requirement to enforce the court order. If that does not work, the next step is for your ex to open a case with the local child support agency.
As long as your ex has a valid child support order, the local child support agency will help with enforcement, free of charge. There are a number of ways they can enforce the court order. Here are a few of the options they might employe:
If the LCSA’s efforts fail, the next step is to have the courts issue a contempt of court order. An arrest warrant will be issued. You can face jail time and other penalties until he or she makes arrangements for payment of support.
So. can child support be enforced? Yes, it can. If you owe child support, it is important to make arrangements before getting the courts involved in enforcement. Ann. A. Thomson (Seal Beach family law attorney) can help. Please call 562-431-4333 or contact her online today.