Posted By Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. on November 28, 2012
If your ex was ordered by a judge or magistrate to pay weekly child support, he or she is obligated to pay it to you in full and on time. If he/she refuses to pay that court-ordered child support every week on time, you have a couples of options.
If he/she has simply stopped paying child support, you should file a motion for contempt. A judge or magistrate will hear the case and will determine if your ex will have to pay a lump sum to make up the amount not paid to you. Your ex may even be incarcerated until he/she can produce that money. Contact Support Enforcement Services in Connecticut for more information on child support contempt motions. If you do not have the funds to hire a private attorney, they may be able to assist you.
If your ex is one of those people who simply likes to play games with your child support check, it’s probably best if you request a wage withholding order. That way, his/her employer takes the money from his/her check every week and sends it directly to Support Enforcement Services in Connecticut, which will forward it to you.
At the time of your divorce, if you feel your ex falls under the latter category, ask your divorce lawyer to write a clause in your divorce agreement requiring immediate wage withholding of child support. Save yourself the future hassles.
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