Parents in Hawaii who have parted ways as a couple need to consider the many aspects that are involved in dissolving their union. These can include property division, child custody and child support. The proper amount of support is critical to a child’s best interests being served. Still, there are frequent issues with collecting child support. This should be addressed within the confines of the law.
Raising a child can be expensive, so it is imperative that child support is paid on time and in full. Certain steps can be taken to collect child support. If the paying parent (the obligor) is behind in the payments, the court can garnish his or her paycheck, so the payments are made. Some parents who do not want to pay or have their wages garnished might quit or switch jobs to avoid it. If the obligor collects unemployment, that can be taken to pay child support. Another way to get the payments is to seize property. This can be done to cover for delinquent payments.
Business owners whose wages can fluctuate or be manipulated could face a suspension or revocation of a business license or a professional license. This can negatively impact their ability to earn and be the catalyst to pay child support to prevent the inevitable problems. An idea some parents might have is to file for bankruptcy. However, the bankruptcy laws do not allow for the elimination of child support in any way.
When there is a disagreement in any area of family law, it is wise to consider all the options. Of course, it is preferable if the sides are agreeable and adhere to the court order. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Having legal advice from a Honolulu divorce attorney experienced in child custody, child support, financial factors and more may be beneficial. Contact us today.