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The consequences of not paying child support

Receiving child support is necessary for the well-being of many children in Kentucky. Unfortunately, it can also be a hardship for non-custodial parents who are ordered to make payments. Being unable to afford paying child support can result in serious long-term legal consequences, however, if the paying parent decides not to pay.

According to the Kentucky Legislature, there are two main forms of child support nonpayment. “Nonsupport” occurs when the paying parent does not pay for at least two months, while reasonably being able to provide for the child. “Flagrant nonsupport” is the designation given to a person for continually failing to pay child support, resulting in any of the following:

  • Being delinquent for six or more consecutive months
  • Owing in excess of $1,000
  • The dependent child being put in a destitute situation due to the nonpayment

Numerous consequences can result from nonpayment of child support, states the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The nonpaying parent may lose or be denied approval of his or her driver’s license or professional license. He or she might be denied a passport, have liens placed on personal property or receive jail time. Wages may be garnished and tax refunds intercepted.

These consequences could begin in as little as one month after failing to pay child support. It is important for those who are having difficulty paying child support to get in contact with a family law court as soon as possible. It may be possible to have a child support order modified, depending on the responsible parent’s circumstances.

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