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Enforcing Child Support

Support from a Family Lawyer Serving Queens

Child support is a crucial part of the decision-making process for many divorces. Figuring out how best to divide expenses, where to allot budgets, and all of the other costs related to raising a child can be a daunting task. Our family law attorneys have served families throughout Queens, helping them to make all of these complicated and somewhat difficult decisions.

The parent who ends up taking over physical custody of the children may also be expected to take on all of the financial responsibilities, as well. Unfortunately, one parent may not be able to fulfill all of the terms of the child support agreements, or he or she refused to follow through. At that point, you may need the courts to step in and order that parent to provide that support.

Refusal to pay may result in penalties.

The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 dictates that the attorneys for the state or district attorneys must aid parents who seek to enforce child support. The parent who violates their orders for child support, either by failing to pay or ignoring enforcement orders, could even face criminal charges. Furthermore, the more money is owed, the more penalties a parent could face.

These are some examples:

  • $2,500 owed: parent may be denied the ability to apply for a passport
  • $5,000 owed or parent has not paid for more than 1 year: misdemeanor, with possible imprisonment up to 6 months and cannot cross state lines or leave the country
  • $10,000 owed or parent has not paid for more than 2 years: felony, with possible imprisonment for up to 2 years

Therefore, if you are the parent seeking enforcement, then you have the legal right to pursue this action. If you face barriers that make it difficult to move your case forward, let us help you take the right steps to overcome those.

Courts may order any of the following to enforce child support:

  • Garnishing wages
  • Seizing assets or investments
  • Placing liens on properties
  • Taking cuts from tax refunds
  • Suspending or revoking licenses

Our Queens family lawyers at the Law Offices of Donald Mastrodomenico, P.C. are here to help you with the legal counsel and support to guide you through your child support matter. With more than 55 years of collective experience, we are prepared to delve as extensively as possible to present your case before a judge.

It is our mission to help you achieve your goals of receiving the child support you need. Contact us now!

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