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What happens if you fail to pay child support in Virginia?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2020 | Firm News |

Parents in Arlington who pay child support may someday find that they are unable or unwilling to make their obligatory payments. This could be due to several reasons, some within their control and some out of their control. However, it is important to note that there are consequences for failing to pay child support in Virginia.

A person who fails to pay what they owe in child support could have the amount due withheld from their paycheck or unemployment benefits. A lien could be placed on their bank account. Their property may be seized and sold. Their tax returns could be intercepted. The amount due could be reported to credit agencies. They could be denied a passport or have their passport revoked. Finally, it is possible that their driver’s license or professional license will be suspended.

These consequences can negatively impact a person’s day-to-day life. Therefore, it is important that those who owe child support but cannot pay it to seek a modification of their child support order through the court. A successful modification can change their legal child support obligations to something more manageable. However, they will still be responsible for current child support payments while they are seeking a modification.

Ultimately, it is important to pay child support, but there may be times when one is unable to do so. There can be serious consequences for missing child support payments in Virginia. Thus, seeking a modification to a child support order may be helpful to those who cannot afford their current payments. This post does not contain legal advice. Family law attorneys can provide more information on this topic to those interested.



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