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The Penalties Of Not Paying Child Support In Queens, NY

The court takes child custody and child support matters very seriously. When awarding custody, it reviews every detail about each parent, the environment the parents can provide and their health. After the court determines what is in the best interests of the child, it awards custody. Once custody is awarded, the non-custodial parent may be required to pay child support until the child is 21 years of age. Failure to pay court-ordered child support can result in severe penalties, including:

  • Tax refund interception: Child support payments are monitored by the child support agency. If you miss payments, the agency has the ability to intercept or take your tax refund to pay your support debt.
  • Property execution: Financial assets, including property and bank accounts, may be seized to pay support debt.
  • Driver’s license suspension: You may even lose your privilege to drive if you fail to pay child support. The suspension may be removed once the child support agency notifies the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that your support debt has been paid.
  • Lottery winnings interception: The child support agency also has the power to intercept any lottery winnings you receive until your child support debt is paid.
  • Jail: If you do not pay your child support, you may even be sent to jail.

If you are having trouble paying child support, depending on your circumstances, you may have options. A knowledgeable attorney can explain to you that you may be able to request a post-divorce modification of a support order if you have experienced a substantial change in circumstances — for example, if you recently lost your job. 

Alternatively, if you have trouble collecting support from the other parent, your lawyer can review the legal routes available to help keep your ex-spouse current. 

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