We’ve been in the business of helping parents and families for a while – and one thing that we’ve learned, time and again, is how difficult this process can be for everyone. Even for parents who work very hard to make sure they pay their child support payments on time, states and counties often make doing so a real chore. And the last thing we need in our lives is more hard work for doing the right thing.
But if there’s one thing you need to know about child support, it’s this – you have to pay. There are many, many stories we hear about missing or lapsed child support. And those parents that fail to pay can and do escape punishment for a while. But ultimately the state will make sure that the money owed to the child is paid and collected.
Don’t believe us? Take a look at our state resources page, where we show how child support enforcement happens in each state. For example, both federal and state income taxes can be withheld and go toward paying unpaid child support. Typically this money will first go toward paying the amount for the most recent month that is past due, and then for any amount past due. Finally, any remaining money will go toward funding the state to repay any assistance provided.
There are other means at the state’s disposal, including collecting on property, where the state can seize and sell property to pay child support debts. It’s becoming a common practice for states to report to collection agencies and bureaus. And as this is a common practice, this will always amount in MORE dollars paid than you would have owed in the first place.
Our solution can help. SupportPay makes it easy to allow both parents to track, record and pay child support on time, and has record keeping to ensure that there aren’t any discrepancies over payment. We want to make sure that you have everything you need in order to make your life easier. Try SupportPay today for free.