Three Things To Know About Paying Child Support When In Jail

If you are paying child support, but have recently been arrested and put in jail, it doesn't mean that your obligation to pay child support ceases. Here are three things you need to know about this:

  1. File Correct Paperwork: If you do not have any income to pay child support when you have been arrested and put in jail, which more inmates don't, then you need to file paperwork to go to the court to adjust child support. If you don't do this, you will be held responsible and face consequences. However, when you file the paperwork, you can ask for an adjustment that will allow you to halt the payments until you are back on your feet again. You will want to hire a family law attorney to help you do this. 
  2. There are Consequences: If you do not file the paperwork, you are going to have a huge amount of debt hanging over your head when you are released. On top of this, there is going to be a fee for each payment that you have missed you will have to pay, which can add up to a lot over time. Also, keep in mind that the court is going to cease your payments temporarily starting from the date that you filed your paperwork, so if you delay in filing, then you are still going to be responsible for payments you missed before filing. This is why it's best to do it as soon as you have been arrested and put in jail. 
  3. It Sometimes Isn't Granted: In some situations, the temporary suspension of the payments is not granted. This depends on the state laws and your current situation. If you are already behind in payments, it may not be granted, for example. It's also unlikely to be granted if you are only going to be jailed for a month or two. If you are in jail for a longer period of time, then it's probably going to be grated. 

When you know these three things about paying child support when in jail, you can be sure that you take the responsible steps to ensure that you are not going to be in a huge financial mess upon being released. On top of this, it is going to help your child custody case in the future since it aways helps to show you are responsible if you want to make any kind of adjustments later on in life. Contact a lawyer, like Margit M. Hicks, PA Attorney at Law, for more help.