Child Support Arrears: How Do I Collect Past Due Child Support?


A far too common complaint of custodial parents is that they have not received court-ordered child support payments for several months or even years.

When a judge orders child support payments, it is for the distinct purpose of aiding the custodial parent in raising the child/children. If the parent refuses to comply with a child support order, the child is negatively impacted as a result. Failure to pay child support can result in the child not being able to participate in extracurricular activities, not being able to see the doctor or dentist on a regular basis, or not having enough money for food or a permanent place to live.

So, How Do You Collect Past Due Child Support Payments?

There are different methods of enforcing child support payments. These include wage garnishment, liens on real property or personal property, and contempt proceedings.

It is important to seek attorney advice before proceeding down this path because there are several possible avenues to explore and potential strategies to avoid. For example, if the parent is hiding assets (e.g., getting paid in cash, fraudulently transferring money to another, etc.), an attorney can assist you in discovering these hidden assets.

Even if you cannot afford to pay a large retainer to an attorney, meet with an attorney to make sure you understand all of your options before acting. There are also reputable law firms who specialize in child support enforcement and will charge a percentage of the collected amount rather than an upfront fee.

Another resource is the Department of Child Support Services (Local Child Support Agency). This state agency will definitely step in to enforce child support orders where the child (or parent caring for the child) is receiving public assistance. In cases where public assistance is not involved, the agency will still assist. It is important to note, however, that the agency is not the parent’s legal counsel, and the information provided to the agency is not confidential.

Contact An Affordable Child Support Attorney In Long Beach, Ca

Call Shoreline Legal Group, LLP with your questions regarding child support and other family law issues. Our unique firm was established to offer affordable legal assistance at upfront flat fee rates. We accomplish this by “unbundling” our attorney services into limited scope packages rather than taking on an open-ended case and billing by the hour. Serving Los Alamitos, Cypress, Long Beach, and Cerritos, CA as well as surrounding areas.

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