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Penalties for Not Paying Child Support

Failure to pay child support in Colorado is a serious offense, and you could find yourself facing contempt of court charges.

Child support payments in Colorado are set to make sure that the child expenses are taken care of even though the parents are no longer in a marital relationship. These payments are contained as part of the divorce decree, and are determined as part of a court-mandated order. This means that non-custodial parents, who have been required to pay child support, are required to comply with the provisions of the court order.

If you fail to pay child support, therefore, you may be held be in contempt of court, and contempt of court proceedings may be started against you. Basically, a contempt of court proceeding aims to punish a person for not following the directives of the court. There can be a number of ways that a person may be charged with contempt of court during a family law case, and failure to pay child support is one of them.

If you have failed to make child support payments, your ex-spouse could easily establish that failure to by submitting a signed affidavit, claiming that you have not paid child support, and offer other pieces of evidence, like proof of nonpayment certified by a court clerk.

If the court decides to initiate contempt proceedings against you, you may be in trouble. The best thing that you can do at this point is pay all child support back dues that you owe the other parent. The proceedings will include a hearing, if you decide to ignore the court hearing and do not show up, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest.

If you are at risk of having contempt proceedings initiated against you due to failure to pay child support, contact us.