Enforcement

The failure to pay child support is a recurring problem in family law litigation. The recipient spouse has a number of options. These include hiring an attorney to try to collect support, filing a petition in Family Court or filing in Supreme Court. If the support is paid through the local Support Collection Unit, the failure to pay support will result in the suspension of drivers and professional licenses. The payor’s paycheck can be garnished as well. In addition, if the support order is paid through New York State Support Collection, the order may be reviewed every three years for purposes of cost of living adjustments.

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