Denver, Colo. – The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a study showing that child support collections decreased for the first time since Congress created enforcement departments in 1975.
The recession is a big factor, but so is the ability to find parents who are trying to hide from child support payments or who are unemployed.
The National Electronic Child Support Resource System was developed to help parents enforce and collect child support. It can assist in finding a delinquent parent and the amount of back child support owed. Even if a parent moves out of state and is found, they could have lots of consequences for failing to pay including: bank account seized, income garnished, driver’s license and other professional licenses suspended, IRS and state taxes relinquished, dings on a credit report, and jail time. And if a parent is unemployed, child support should still be automatically deducted from unemployment benefits.
But the best remedy of all can be to get experienced legal counsel to help with the stressful situation. A Colorado child support attorney can fight for a client and child’s rights.
“When you are dealing with a child support offender you must aggressively prepare for trial,” said Colorado child support attorney Bill Thode. “A parent must be proactive and our firm will effectively make your case and the child’s wellbeing known in court.”
And if a case shows child support back payments equal $5,000 or more and have not been paid for 12 consecutive months, all state civil remedies have been exhausted, and the noncustodial parent had the ability to pay but failed to do so, the offender could be tried under the Federal Child Support Recovery Act of 1992 and the Deadbeat Parent’s Punishment Act of 1998.
Bill Thode is the lead Colorado child support attorney at the Thode Law Firm based in Denver. He is licensed to appear before all Colorado state and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth, Tenth and D.C. Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Since 1997 he has counseled hundreds of parents and is renowned for his trial expertise and tenacity.