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Reasons Your Ex May Avoid Paying Child Support

Posted on in Divorce

Winfield child support attorneyThe divorce process can be emotionally and financially draining. When you and your ex cared for your children together under one roof, it was easier to work together to take care of your family’s financial needs. However, things change significantly after divorce, and both parents may struggle to make ends meet. 

If your ex has not been paying child support, this can cause a great deal of difficulty for you. For example, if one of your children needs glasses or braces that you cannot afford on your own, a lack of child support payments can put you in a tough situation. It may be hard to understand why your ex might be avoiding payments, but here are some common reasons that the funds your child needs are not coming your way:

  • Changes in Finances - Your ex may not be paying child support because they do not have the money to give. The amount of child support payments specified in a divorce decree is based on parents’ finances at the time of the divorce. Issues such as a job loss or large medical expenses can affect how much they are able to pay. This may be embarrassing for your ex. If you think this may be the reason why you are not receiving child support, you may wish to request a modification. Setting a lower payment that your ex can afford is better for everyone than not receiving any payments at all. 
  • Disagreements About Spending - Everyone values things differently. When it comes to expenses, your ex may disagree with the amount of money you are spending in different categories. For example, if your child’s school bag breaks, may choose to invest in a strong backpack that costs twice as much as the last one. Your spouse may complain about the extra spending and refuse to share in these expenses. 
  • Hurt Feelings - It is possible your ex is upset with the arrangements for the allocation of parental responsibility. He or she may feel that decisions were made unfairly, and having to make monthly child support payments may only agitate these feelings. As a result, he or she may refuse to make child support payments out of spite. 

Regardless of feelings or disagreements, parents are legally required to pay court-ordered child support. A person who fails to pay child support may be held in contempt of court, fined, or imprisoned. 

Contact a West Chicago Child Support Enforcement Lawyer

Your child deserves to receive financial support from both parents. If your ex-spouse is refusing to pay court-mandated child support, the Law Offices of Nancy Kasko, LLC can help. Contact an experienced DuPage County divorce attorney to learn about your options for child support enforcement. Set up a free consultation by calling our office at 630-836-8540.


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