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Child Support & Family Law Attorneys in Granite Bay

Compassionate Guidance for Divorcing Parents & Their Families

In a typical child support case, the non-custodial parent pays a specific amount of money every month to the custodial parent taking care of the child or children involved. However, there are many nuances to these types of cases that make them difficult to navigate without the help of an experienced Granite Bay child support lawyer from Myers Family Law.

  • Our firm can help you understand what factors the court takes into consideration to determine child support including:
  • The medical, education, and other needs of the child or children
  • Each parent's income
  • The amount of time each parent spends with the child or children
  • The best needs of the child or children involved

As a parent, your rights are important. As your legal advocate, our child support lawyers take your needs and desires, as well as the best interests of your children into consideration, as we develop and present a strong case on your behalf. With more than five decades of combined legal experience, our attorneys not only understand California state law but how to take on even the most complicated child support cases and find as successful of an outcome as possible.

How Can I Enforce the Child Support Order?

Family courts take child-related matters quite seriously, so if your former spouse fails to pay child support, you should not hesitate to act. Before you take your ex to court, however, first find out why he or she is behind on these payments. If your former spouse lost a job or is dealing with another matter that might temporarily hinder his or her ability to pay, the court might recalculate payments and reduce them until circumstances change.

Whether your former spouse fell on hard times or simply refuses to pay, you will need to involve the court, so seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

Below are some methods a judge might use to enforce a child support order:

  1. License revocation or suspension: If your ex is behind on child support payments, the state might revoke or suspend his or her driver’s license.
  1. Wage garnishment: If a judge issues a wage deduction, child support payments will be taken directly from your former spouse’s paychecks.
  1. Federal income tax receipts: To cover your former spouse’s late child support payments, the state might also intercept his or her tax refund.
  1. Passport denial: Delinquent child support payments might also reduce your ex’s ability to travel since passport agencies might refuse to renew your former spouse’s passport.
  1. Contempt of court: If your former spouse owes a substantial amount of child support, a judge might even order jail time.

Typically, the state pursues unpaid child support cases. However, depending on the amount involved and various other factors, the U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) might step in. If your former spouse resides in another state and one or more of the following applies:

  1. Did not pay child support for more than 12 months
  1. Left the state or the country to avoid making child support payments
  1. Owes more than $5,000

Even once your children reach the age of 18, you might still retrieve the child support payments your former spouse owes, so do not hesitate to obtain skilled legal counsel.

You Need Our Experienced Granite Bay Family Lawyers on Your Side. Call Our Firm Today.

If you are a parent facing divorce, you need a knowledgeable, competent, and compassionate legal advocate on your side throughout the entire process. When it comes to establishing, modifying, or enforcing child support orders in Granite Bay, we have the skill and experience necessary to make the process as stress-low-cost as possible. We welcome families from all across Placer County, Sacramento County, and El Dorado County.

For legal support with your child support orders, call Myers Family Law at (916) 634-0067 to schedule a low-cost 30-minute consultation.