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What happens if child support isn't paid?

Texan parents who get a divorce will have to deal with matters of child support in addition to everything else. In some cases, a parent may be worried about their estranged spouse not making their child support payments despite court orders. However, there are ways that these orders are enforced.

FindLaw takes a look at the enforcement of child support orders and what can be done if your ex-spouse refuses to pay. In order to ensure the payment of child support orders, a district attorney is allowed to make certain impositions upon the person whose payments are delinquent. Some examples include:

  • Suspending a business license
  • Suspending an occupational license
  • Garnishing wages
  • Revoking a driver's license
  • Seizing property
  • Withholding tax refunds

In most cases, taking one of the above steps as a warning action is usually enough to get the point across, and the payments will start up soon. However, there are some cases in which these consequences do not have an impact and the payments still aren't made. If something like that were to happen, the person in question can be held in contempt of the court. A jail sentence may be imposed. However, that is rare because being incarcerated makes it even more difficult for a parent to make child support payments.

If you are struggling to get your ex-spouse to make their child support payments, you may wish to contact an experienced attorney for guidance. They can use all of the tools at their disposal to ensure that you get the money you're owed.

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