Having a child is a big responsibility, and the state requires parents to support that child even if they are not married. Who pays for child support and how much depends on state law. Generally, the parent who has physical custody of the child can ask the other parent to pay support. In the case of a divorce, the final agreement will specify who pays child support and how much.
However, what is on paper and what actually happens are two different things. When the paying parent fails to pay support for a child in Colorado Springs, a child support attorney can help.
The law is on your side
If you have charge of the child, you are supposed to get support payments from your ex-spouse or the biological parent. You have the backing of both federal and state law if you do not get it on time. In Colorado Springs, you can start a case against a “deadbeat” parent by filling up a form with the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Penalties for deadbeat parents
Child support is a serious issue in the US. Failure to pay can have serious consequences. In Colorado Springs, Child Support Services can order a deadbeat parent to pay, including those that are past due. They can do this by taking property and bank accounts, or by ordering the deadbeat parent’s employer to garnish up to 65% of the wages. The state can make it very hard for the deadbeat parent, as it can revoke state licenses and hold on to tax refund checks. If the deadbeat parent refuses to follow court orders, the court can order a fine and/or jail time. It is a misdemeanor or felony if the deadbeat leaves Colorado to avoid paying child support.
Role of the child support attorney
The state can handle a straightforward case of a deadbeat parent. However, if the paying parent is contesting any aspect of child support order, you need a child support attorney to prove your case. For example, if the deadbeat parent claims to have no money, the lawyer can investigate if this is so. Many deadbeat parents try to cheat the system by putting property in other people’s names, or putting money in offshore accounts.
In some cases, state enforcement of child support can take a long time, especially if the deadbeat parent is in another state. If you want results fast, you can help your case by consulting a child support attorney.