Having dealt with the stress and process of obtaining a child support order, you would expect that all is well now and you can rest easily with the guarantee of child support dues. The court system has taken its stand and decided on the matter. Your expectation is simple, and that is for your ex-spouse to pay the child support they were ordered to by the court. However, things do not always go smoothly and a spouse may be late on their payments or not paying them at all. While this is frustrating and it may be natural for you to react negatively against your ex-spouse, there are things you can and cannot do to get the child support payments for the welfare of your child.
Here are a few key thing you cannot do:
- You cannot make threats towards your ex-spouse;
- Prevent your child from communicating or contacting the other parent;
- Even if your ex-spouse is not obeying the child support order by the court, you are not allowed to change the custody schedule and prevent the other spouse from seeing the children;
- Do not try to access the funds of your ex-spouse;
- Do not sell any possessions of your ex-spouse;
- Do not contact your ex-spouse’s family to get the child support dues from them.
A list of thing you can do include:
- Consult a Chicago divorce or family law attorney for help and support;
- File a petition for the court to enforce the child support order, including interest on past due payments;
- Consult your attorney about wage garnishment with the permission of your ex-spouse’s employer;
- Consult your attorney about asking the court permission to intercept the income tax returns of your ex-spouse;
- Be aware of the many ways the court employs to enforce child support orders such as suspending your ex-spouse’s driver’s license, stating the debt on your ex-spouse’s credit report, employing private collection agencies, and others.
It is very frustrating to deal with an uncooperative ex-spouse, especially when it prevents you from providing the best life possible for your children. The court system believes that a child needs love and support from both parents, no matter which parent has legal custody. You may be divorced with your ex-spouse, but both of you will always remain the parents of your children.
Our attorneys are here to help you ensure that the best interests of the children are being met. If you are having issues receiving your child support payments or you cannot make them, contact us today so we can discuss your options and help resolve the issue.