Unpaid child support adds up as a debt called an arrearage and collects interest. The consequences for not paying support are very serious and can include the following:
- Jail time;
- Suspension of the paying parent's driver's license;
- Liens on the paying parent's property; and
- Interception of the paying parent's state and federal income tax returns.
A parent cannot be denied significant decision-making responsibility or parenting time with a child just because he or she doesn't pay child support. But their unwillingness or inability to pay child support can be a factor that a judge considers when making such decisions.
Updated: August 2017