What Happens When a Party Fails to Pay Child Support?

When a party fails to pay child support in New York, the custodial parent may file a “violation petition” asking the court to take action against a non-custodial parent who fails to pay a support order…

A hearing is then held to decide whether the respondent has violated the court’s order. The Support Magistrate may enforce the order by directing Support Collect Unit to take the payments directly from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck, order the non-custodial parent to pay a lump sum toward back monies owed, or take other steps to collect the money owed. A non-custodial parent who falls behind in payments also risks having his or her driver’s license or professional and business licenses suspended, bank accounts seized, passport revoked, and tax refunds intercepted. If the non-custodial parent is found to have willfully and voluntarily failed to pay a child support order, he or she may be jailed  for up to six months for contempt of court.
If you believe you may have a case regarding child support in Central New York, either as a custodial or non-custodial parent, please give us a call or contact us via our website. Our trial experienced Family Law attorneys at Weisberg & Zukher will take the time to talk with you to ensure that you understand all of the factors involved in a parties failure to pay child support, and work with you individually to prepare a sound legal strategy to ensure the best result possible in your child support case.

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