Has your former partner been ordered by the court to pay child support? If so, you hope that this never becomes a problem. You hope the person makes timely payments, month after month.
Unfortunately, there are times when this doesn't happen. Instead, for one reason or the next, the person feels that he or she can skip payments.
If you find yourself in this position in Maryland, you need to learn as much as possible about the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984. In short, this law is in place to help you collect child support that your former partner doesn't want to pay.
Some of the many ways to enforce a child support order include:
-- Garnishing wages.
-- Withholding tax refunds, thus using the funds to pay any back child support.
-- Seizing property.
-- Suspending the person's business or occupational license.
In the most serious of cases, the court can also impose a jail term on the person who fails to pay. This is not common, however, because the person will be unable to pay child support from jail.
Regardless of your situation, it's good to know that there are options if your former partner neglects to pay child support as ordered by the court.
If you run into any trouble with this, don't delay in seeking legal help and learning more about how the court system works. Once you know your rights, once you have an idea of what to do next, you can then move forward in the appropriate manner with the hope that you will begin to receive timely and full payments.
Source: FindLaw, "Enforcement of Child Support: FAQ's," accessed Sep. 14, 2016