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Enforcement of Child Support
There is virtually no defense to the failure to pay child support. Although technically, "impossibility" is a defense, proving such a defense is truly virtually impossible.
Moreover, once the due date has passed on a child support payment, the court does not even have the power to make the amount "un-due." In simple terms, once it's owed, it's owed.
Failure to pay any amount of child support when due can subject the obligor to jail through a Contempt action. Notwithstanding the fact that there are no "debtor's prisons" in America, being held in jail for failure to pay child support is considered Contempt of Court, rather than a failure on a debt obligation, so that concept has no applicability.
In addition to a Contempt action, there are other methods that can be used to pursue past-due child support obligations.
If you are owed child support or owe child support, the consequences are severe.
In either case, seeking competent representation as soon as possible is the best course of action. Waiting for things to get better rarely works in these situations.
The BEAL LAW FIRM can help.