Risks of Ignoring Child Support Orders

May 27, 2014

Child support is often a tense subject between parents.  However, once a court order is in place, it is imperative that you follow the order and make your payments on time.  Failing to abide by the court order can result in major consequences.

In the District of Columbia, the IV-D agency is established as the Collection and Disbursement Unit for child support payments.  After one parent files a motion for contempt, the Court has many remedies.  Together, the Judge and the Collection and Disbursement Unit can do the following:

Additionally, there are administrative penalties that may be utilized when a parent doesn’t pay child support in D.C.  These include:

In Virginia, there are child support enforcement agencies in every county.  The primary goal of the child support enforcement agencies are to ensure that child support is paid in full.  The agency will first pursue administrative remedies, which include the following:

If the administrative remedies are not effective, the child support agency can petition the Court for enforcement.  The Court may impose these additional penalties:

Due to these harsh consequences of non-payment of child support, it is important to stay current in your payments.  If you experience a financial set back, contact the child support agency to see if an adjustment can be made temporarily.  If there is a significant change in your income, you may also petition the court to change the order permanently.


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