Studies show that the amount of back child support owed across the country may be exceeding $100 billion. Sometimes Ohio families may find that they are not receiving the financial support they are entitled to from a non-custodial parent. When that is the case, whether the other parent decides not to pay or is not able to pay, there are steps that the family can take to make the loss of funds less impactful.
First, although it may be tempting for the custodial parent to block the other parent from the child's life, that is not necessarily the best course of action. Keeping the other parent involved is not only generally better for the child, but it also helps the other parent to see how important the money is for maintaining the child's lifestyle.
Second, the family should budget as though the funds are not going to be there. Then, if they do not come, there will be no need for lifestyle changes. Third, if the other parent cannot pay full amounts now, the family should take what they are offered. Circumstances may change, and the difference may be forthcoming in the future. Fourth, returning to the legal system should be given careful consideration. Sometimes, this may cost more than it returns, and there is never a guarantee that legal action will result in more money.
When children are involved, a divorce process usually results in an agreement of custody and support. An attorney who is knowledgeable in family law may be able to help structure such agreements so they are supportive of the children and not detrimental to either of the parents.
Source: US News, "What to Do When Your Ex Won't (or Can't) Pay Child Support", Geoff Williams, November 20, 2013