WHAT TO DO IF YOUR EX WON’T PAY CHILD SUPPORT
1. Get the child support in writing: Child support obligations are created by court orders. If you don’t already have a formal written agreement with your ex, you need to go to court and get it in writing.
2. Talk to your ex-spouse: You don’t have to talk to them if there is friction between the two of you, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Negotiating with them is quicker and cheaper than many other options of getting child support money.
3. Keep the other parent involved anyways: You may feel like pushing someone who isn’t paying child support away, but it’s not a good move. By keeping them involved in your children’s daily activities and other things going on,that helps your ex stay invested in your children and they may be more likely to pay child support when they can afford it.
4. Don’t depend on child support: If your ex isn’t dependable, never build their child support payments into your budget. Keep it separate, that way if it stops, it won’t hurt your child. Any money you do get from your ex can be saved.
5. Ask your ex to at least pay some: If they can’t pay all of the child support, ask them to pitch in what they can. Some money is better than no money and eventually, if you go to court, they may still have to pay back what they owe.
6. Get the courts involved: If your ex isn’t making any effort to pay, you can get the courts to garnish your ex’s wages, withhold their tax refunds, or even toss them in jail.