If court-ordered child support on a parent, this parent is expected to make monthly payments to the custodial parent. the receiving parent may find that the child support payments are not made on time, are less than what the court ordered or are not being paid at all, there are a number of legal ways the custodial parent may enforce court-ordered juvenile maintenance. This means that a guardian who refuses to pay juvenile maintenance will face problems until they decide to do so.
A receiving guardian may contact their county’s juvenile maintenance agency and request that they enforce the minor sustenance. For custodial guardians that receive public assistance, the minor sustenance agency is legally authorized to collect minor sustenance as reimbursement for the assistance provided by the state of Maryland. For guardians that do not receive assistance, the minor sustenance agency will appoint a minor sustenance worker to work with the custodial guardian and may even assign a lawyer if it is found necessary to enforce the order in court.
The child support agency in Maryland may use a number of methods to collect child support including:
- Deduct child support from salary
- Deduct child support from tax refunds
- Inform credit bureaus that the individual is not paying court-ordered child support
- Inform employer that the individual is not paying child support
- Inform Motor Vehicle Administration that the parent is not paying child support in order to obtain a driver’s license suspension
- Refuse passport renewal
- Seize financial assets
- Demand suspension of a professional license
Another way to enforce juvenile maintenance is to assign a wage assignment. In a wage assignment, the paying guardian’s employer will be in charge of deducting juvenile maintenance payments from the salary and making the payments directly to the custodial guardian. A wage assignment can also be ordered at the same time the juvenile maintenance is ordered.
Each state is required to have a Parent Locator Service. This service uses information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration to help locate a guardian that may have gone into hiding or left the state of Maryland to avoid paying juvenile maintenance. Once he/she is located, the custodial guardian may enforce juvenile maintenance by claiming tax refunds.
In addition, by not paying court-ordered juvenile maintenance, a guardian is willingly disobeying the law and can be found in contempt of court. This means that the court in Maryland can act in a number of ways in order to force the guardian to pay the juvenile maintenance including temporary imprisonment until a specific amount determined by a judge is paid to the custodial parent. A custodial parent or the juvenile maintenance agency may file a claim for contempt that will be served to the non-paying parent in order to ensure that they are not deprived of their constitutional rights of being able to defend themselves. The court schedules a hearing to determine if the parent is in contempt.
If you need a Maryland Child Support lawyer to help you with your minor sustenance case in Maryland, call us at 888-437-7747. Our Maryland Child Support attorneys can help you. C