When a parent is behind on child support payments, that parent is considered “not in compliance” or “criminally non-compliant”. If a payment was paid short or was a few days late, that parent would be considered “not in compliance”. If a long time has passed since a payment or the parent is seriously delinquent in payments, that parent is considered “criminally non-compliant” and can face a contempt order, as well as interest and penalty payments.
A parent who is in arrears may have their drivers’ license, as well as professional licenses, revoked or suspended. Wages may be garnished, liens on property and tax returns, and in some cases criminal prosecution by the state. In California, a parent may face up to 5 days in jail for every month he or she is delinquent. Federally, if a parent crosses state lines to avoid paying support, they may face federal prison time, fines, and restitution.
For further information regarding Child Support and more please contact the Costa Mesa Child Support and Divorce Lawyers at 714-971-8000. Call today for your free 60-minute consultation!