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Paying child support can help your Colorado custody case
Divorce is a convoluted, frustrating process. You may not have been expecting it when you were served with divorce papers. If your former spouse filed for divorce, he or she may have received temporary custody during the proceedings without any input from you. Even worse, now you’re expected to pay child support for the children you rarely get to see. If your divorce is contentious, your former spouse may intentionally shorten or even cancel your visitation as means of punishing you. It can be tempting to withhold child support in that situation, but doing so could create serious legal issues for you.
If you and your former spouse don’t agree about child support, custody or asset division, you need the help of an experienced Colorado divorce attorney to help you build a case for shared or full custody of your children. As your attorney will likely explain, paying your child support in full and on time during divorce proceedings is a critical component to a favorable outcome.
Child support disputes can cause legal issues
Regardless of how your former spouse spends the money, child support should help your children during and after divorce. Refusing to pay it can make it appear to the courts that you are either unable or unwilling to provide for your children’s financial needs. To complicate the matter, child support, even temporary support during a divorce, is issued via court order. Failing to pay means that you are disobeying a court order. That can make you seem like someone who disrespects the authority of the courts or who doesn’t care for the rule of law. Neither will help your custody case.
Failing to pay your court ordered child support can have serious repercussions. If you refuse to pay child support, the courts could take enforcement actions. In addition to potentially harming your case for custody, refusing to pay could have serious real-world consequences. The courts can garnish your wages if your employer isn’t withholding your child support. They can also seize your tax return or place a lien on your bank account. The state could suspend your driver’s license. In some cases, you could even face contempt of court charges, which could result in jail time.
Legal guidance for a contentious divorce
If you and your former spouse can’t agree on custody or support, an experienced Colorado state divorce and family law attorney can help you request a support modification, fight for custody during your divorce or even negotiate for a compromise in mediation. You shouldn’t go through a divorce alone. Working with an attorney can make all the difference.