Thursday, November 29, 2012

Consequences of failing to pay child support

Virginia takes matters involving children very seriously.  If you fail to pay child support, you may be found in contempt of court. By statute, there are some serious consequences you may face if you fail to pay child support as ordered.  First, your driver's license may be suspended (remember there may be costs associated with reinstating your license).  Along with your driver's license, other licenses you hold, such as a business license, may be suspended as well.  Further, you may be required to post the equivalent of a bond in the amount of child support owed.  Your wages may be garnished through an income deduction order.  Finally, you may be imprisoned for a period of up to twelve months or until you comply and pay the ordered child support.

There may be remedies available to you if you are unable to pay the amount of child support ordered.  These consequences are serious and you should speak with an attorney prior to deciding not to pay child support. Remember, this money is paid to support your children.