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Mayor reports inability to pay support payments

Alimony and child support are two payments that can be awarded after a divorce proceeding. Alimony assists an ex-spouse, who may not be able to financially provide for himself or herself, after the marriage and child support assists the custodial parent in caring for the child's basic needs. When these payments have been awarded, but are not being paid, individuals can seek methods to enforce the child support or spousal support payment orders.

Recently in a nearby state, a mayor has taken to the stand because of his lack of payment to both child support and alimony. The Mayor claims that he has no other assets than his furniture, clothes and about $2,000 in the bank. His divorce agreement states that he owes $11,000 in support to his wife and over $30,000 for his child support. His ex-wife has brought the matter before a judge and filed a motion for contempt.

It can be extremely frustrating for individuals who are not able to collect payments for spousal support and child support. Fortunately, enforcement provisions exist to help individuals living in Virginia to obtain the money that they are entitled to.

The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 offers relief to noncustodial parents when trying to obtain owed support. It allows for the court to seize property, garnish wages, withhold federal tax refunds and even suspend licenses in order to enforce payment.

Another option is to hold the individual in contempt of court for failing to make a payment mandated by court order. When this route is chosen, the individual faces jail time and can be penalized for not upholding the order.

Parents or individuals in situations where a court order is not being followed in the state of Virginia should contact a legal professional in order to discuss their options and protect their rights.

Source: News & Record, "Mayor Robbie Perkins testifies that he can't pay support," Robert Lopez, Aug. 18, 2013