Often parents will obtain an order awarding them child support and the Father or Mother is optimistic that the child support payment will ease some of the financial worries associated with supporting the child. Unfortunately, many times a parent is unable to collect the child support that is owed and an arrearage accrues. In Ohio, one of the traditional vehicle for collecting child support has been filing a contempt motion with the domestic court. A successful award on a contempt motion based on various factors can lead to jail time, attorney fees, and repayment of the accrued child support. Additionally, the non-paying spouse's driver's license, passport, and oftentimes professional licenses can be suspended until such time as the child support obligation has been repaid. While all of these tools may be useful, they also have the potential to impact the non-paying spouses earning potential and create a greater hardship for all parties involved.
Another tool that can be used is pursuing the non-paying party's retirement assets for collection purposes. This can be done through a qualified domestic relations order and can be done by agreement or by filing a motion with the court. For more information on how to pursue the various options associated with non-payment of child support contact Lawrence Law Office at www.lawrencelawoffice.com.