In the event that your child's other parent begins to disregard the terms of your court-established child support order, it is important to address such issues promptly and effectively. After all, your child support order is intended to account for the best interests of your son or daughter, and should be followed at all times. We here at Donna Dougherty Law, P.C., are well acquainted with the many child support enforcement techniques that are available to Virginia families, and are committed to educating our clients about their legal options in such cases.
The Virginia Department of Social Services discusses child support orders, and explains that the Division of Child Support Enforcement provides a number of services intended to ensure that court orders are followed correctly and consistently. As such, the DCSE has the authority to begin enforcing a child support order once payments become at least 30 days overdue.
The DCSE is able to enforce your child support order even if your child's other parent moves out of state and/or does not receive a regular paycheck. In the event that your child's noncustodial parent is self-employed or is paid in cash, the DCSE can take several different steps to collect owed support payments. Such measures can include intercepting the noncustodial parent's tax refunds, seizing his or her other available forms of income or assets and suspended his or her driver's license. Other court actions can be taken in some cases, but withholding income is also the most common and effective enforcement technique in many instances.
Considering when and how your child support order can be legally enforced, it may also be helpful to remember that these types of orders can be modified under a number of circumstances. Learn more about child support enforcement and other family law topics by visiting our web page today.