Once there’s a court order for child support, the recipient parent can enforce the support order if the other parent doesn’t pay support on time or as agreed.
When you've been ordered to pay child support but you've lost your job or experienced other circumstances that have significantly changed your ability to pay, you may request a change in the support order. But without a modification, you could face serious consequences if you pay late or don't pay at all.
If you’re the parent receiving support for your kids, your job is to make sure you keep getting the support payments for as long as the children need them. Making sure you can collect the payments regularly and on time can be a challenge, especially if the paying parent is self-employed or has a sporadic income stream. But help is available.
Every state has an agency dedicated to child support enforcement. Among other tools, a state child support enforcement agency (CSE) can:
See below for links to learn more about how child support enforcement works (both in general and in specific states), including how to find your local the child support enforcement agency.
State-Specific Information About Child Support Enforcement: