Even when their marriages end in divorce, parents are still expected to fulfill their parental obligations to their children. This can mean serving as a custodial parent, providing children with love and support, and ensuring that those children have the financial stability they require to live their lives. Wisconsin parents can be ordered to pay child support for the benefit of their kids, and those orders carry with them the weight of judicial power.
If a parent is unable to, or chooses not to, make child support payments, then they may be subjected to enforcement efforts. These efforts can include, but are not limited to, the garnishment of the payer’s wages, the withholding of their tax returns, and even contempt charges. Generally, a parent who has a history of delinquencies will be pursued through enforcement efforts.
However, a parent who cannot make their child support payments has options. In many cases they may be able to seek modifications of their child support orders, which can make it easier for them to stay current on their obligation. Modifications generally must be done through the courts and must be officially approved by judicial authorities.
It is a good idea for a parent who cannot keep up with their child support payments to take quick action when it comes to seeking a modification. A parent can also seek the help and support of a family law attorney for guidance on how to achieve changes any existing child support obligations. Not every child support modification that is sought will be approved, and courts will work to ensure that children are provided with sufficient financial help when they rule on child support matters. This means that those who are seeking child support modification need to be prepared with strong evidence to support their position.