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Penalties for missing child support payments in Montana

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2022 | Family Law

It is crucial to familiarize yourself with the harsh consequences that you could face if you fail to pay child support. Whether you already owe back support or you have uncertainty about your ability to keep paying what you owe on time, you should go over the penalties that you could have to deal with in Montana.

Sometimes, parents find themselves in this position unexpectedly. For example, even if you stay current on child support for years, you could face harsh consequences if you lose your job and cannot afford to pay your balance.

Back child support enforcement actions

Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services goes over the different ways in which the state enforces child support orders. If you fall behind, you could have your tax refunds (federal and state) intercepted, lose your driver’s license (and recreational or occupational licenses) and face a property lien.

In addition, failing to pay child support on time could prompt the state to report your arrears to credit agencies, freeze your assets and intercept lottery winnings. You could also lose your passport privileges.

Dealing with child support payment issues

If you owe back child support, you should strive to get caught up as soon as possible. This could involve establishing a payment plan. Additionally, if major financial changes have impacted your ability to keep paying child support, you should take a look at the possibility of modifying your child support order.

If you worry about facing consequences due to back child support or enforcement actions have already begun, it is pivotal to understand your options and take action immediately.