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Women can get the child support they are owed

Divorce with children often comes with a judgment for one parent to pay the other to help support their children. According to recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half of those who should be receiving child support are actually getting paid in full. Although most child support violators are men, no matter who the violator is, it is important that this money gets paid to the proper parent so they can adequately support the needs of the child that they care for.

Surprisingly, 25 percent of people who are supposed to receive child support receive nothing at all. As part of a divorce agreement, this money is meant to provide for a child's wellbeing. Just because an ex doesn't want to pay their fair share, doesn't mean this support payment does unenforced. Federal law requires all states to have an office that deals specifically with child support payments. By pursuing action with this office, there are numerous routes to getting paid the support that is owed.

According to Forbes, some options for recovering what is owed may include garnishing wages of the violator, intercepting funds, placing a lien on property or suspension of licenses. It is important to talk with an experienced family law attorney to discuss which route may be best for your situation.

These child support payments are most often thoroughly detailed in the divorce agreements and not honoring the terms of such an agreement can come with severe consequences. Thankfully, there are ways to enforce these agreements and hopefully get the money you are owed.

Source: Forbes, "How Can a Divorcing Woman Get the Child Support, Alimony She is Owed?," Jeff Landers, Dec. 14, 2011

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