There are a variety of ways to get unpaid child support and try to get it paid. Here are some tips:1. Reach out to the other parent. Explain the situation and what you need from them.2. Use a collection agency if that’s necessary or allowed in your state.3. File for a court order if you can’t reach an agreement with the other parent.4. Take legal action if all other options fail.
What happens if you don’t pay child support in Washington state?
In some ways, the child support system in Washington is sophisticated, using computerized automated systems to calculate child support payments. In other ways, however, the child support system can be confusing and poorly designed.If a custodial parent does not have child support payments deducted from their pay by the end of each month or by the date ordered by the court, they can submit a request to the Department of Social and Health Service (DSH) to deduct the amount from the non-custodial parent’s next paycheck. This can result in late or missed payments if not done correctly.If a non-custodial parent does not make monthly child support payments to DSH, they face penalties and interest that can lead to further collection action if not acted on quickly. The interest rate for failing to pay child support is 15% per yearmeaning that in one year, interest accrues on just one month’s total arrearage (the total amount owing).Additionally, DCF has the power to suspend a driver’s license or business license if payments are not made on time. This can severely impact someone’s career or ability to workeven temporarilyif this happens repeatedly. The potential damage to an individual’s career is significant when compared with nonpayment of debt in court, where there are many safeguards in place.