If you are thinking about bringing your marriage to an end, or you are currently working your way through the divorce process, it is essential to think about a number of different topics. In some instances, parents need to focus on child support, whether a custodial parent worries about how much support they will receive or a parent has concerns about the amount they owe.
Sometimes, people have to pay child support before their divorce becomes final. In addition to reviewing factors courts consider when calculating child support, you should also go over the penalties associated with falling behind and how to make payments.
The importance of staying current on child support
If you currently have child support obligations or expect to owe support in the future, you need to understand how vital it is to stay current. If you fall behind, you could face serious repercussions that turn your life upside down. The Administration for Children and Families states that you could lose your passport privileges if you owe more than $2,500 in unpaid child support. The inability to successfully apply for a U.S. passport or having your current passport revoked could create many challenges.
In addition, some parents lose their driver’s license and tax refunds. In some instances, parents have to spend time behind bars due to back support.
Making child support payments on time
Many parents pay support through income withholding, but these orders do not always take effect immediately and some have to find other ways to pay child support. Make sure you understand your options, go over processing times and fees and do everything you can to stay current.