New York State takes making child support payments very seriously. If you fail to make a payment, you may end up serving time in jail. In order to make sure that every parent who is obligated to make child support payments each month does so, the state has a child support enforcement agency. This enforcement agency is not specific to New York, as each state throughout the country is required to have this type of program to make sure everyone who is obligated to make child support payments does so. However, in New York State, this implementation is done by the Child Support Enforcement Units and the Support Collection Units, which are located in each county.
This is program is part of a federal law under Title IV-D in the United State’s Social Security Act. This Act makes every state have a system to enforce child support laws, involve the court in ordering child support, providing paternity tests, and finally, collect/distribute child support payments.
It is important that if you have been ordered to make child support payments, you abide by this order and do not fail to make your payments. The state will come after you and find ways to make you pay. They may do this buy interjecting paychecks and taking the money from those, taking money from your actual bank account, ordering another state’s enforcement agency to find you if you have moved. If all other measures to collect child support payments fail, you may actually be sentenced to jail time.
If you have questions about your child support obligations in New York State, contact an experienced family law attorney who can assess your situation and provide you with assistance.
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