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Credit impact of child support

Child support is a court ordered debt that must be paid. However, there are still some cases where individuals who are ordered to pay child support, just don't. Not only can this decision lead them to be found in contempt of court, but it's a little-known fact that it can also have an impact of their credit score.

Some individuals stop paying child support with the excuse that their situation has changed. Even if this is true, in order for it to be considered a valid excuse, the individual must bring it to the attention of the family court. A modification must be made to reflect the change in income or, the original amount still applies. Even if the custodial spouse approves of the change, if no modification is made and child support amounts change or stop altogether, serious consequences can follow.

In California, the enforcement of child support is taken very seriously. Individuals found in violation of their child support order can face criminal charges and wage garnishment. If the child support continues to go unpaid, invasive actions can be taken by the local child support agency including suspending licenses, freezing assets and even reporting the issue to credit bureaus.

The responsibility of a parent to pay child support is a serious one and carries heavy consequences if not followed through with. A family attorney can help you in addressing issues with collecting owed child support or making a modification in child support. For any aspect of family law, it is better to be proactive than not active. Going through the right channels can make all the difference in fulfilling your obligations without incident.

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