Cleveland Family Law Attorneys

Dealing With Problems Paying Child Support

There are thousands of parents in Ohio who are bound to comply with a child support order from a court. For some, child support payments are not a problem, and they willing to make the monthly payments in order to attempt to ensure that their children have what they need. However, there are many parents who struggle with child support orders, and they do everything they can to make sure that the payments are made in full and on time. But, they may still come up short.

A recent report noted some of the problems that parents may face when they are ordered to comply with a child support order. The main problem? Getting behind in payments, or owing payments “in arrears,” as it is usually called. When payments are not made in full and on time, the amount owed in arrears can balloon incredibly. Even parents who attempt to pay extra when they do try to catch up on payments may find that they simply lack the financial resources to do so.

In an ideal world, child support orders would fairly establish an amount that one parent pays to the other for the care of the child in question. But, in reality, child support orders are oftentimes a huge financial burden for a parent, even though they really do want to be the best parent they can be.

The problems that can be encountered when it comes to child support orders can vex everyone involved in the relationship. That is why it can be best for everyone if the parents work out an agreement on the amount of child support out-of-court, and then submit the agreement to the court for approval. Otherwise, one parent may face enforcement actions for failing to make payments, and the other parent is left with a financial deficient from not getting the payments that are ordered.