Arrears Empowering You to Move Forward

Child Support Arrears in Hanover

From birthday gifts and school field trips to medications and utility bills, single parents often rely on child support payments to help cover their monthly expenses. However, sometimes the paying parent falls behind in their payments or just stops paying altogether. With over 35 combined years of exclusive family law experience, our dedicated attorneys understand the importance of collecting child support, and we can help you recover overdue payments or modify financially unmanageable plans.

Our lawyers at O’Connor Family Law can discuss all your legal options for dealing with child support arrears in Hanover. Whether negotiating a payment plan with a co-parent or taking your case before the family court, we are here to help.

Penalties for Missing Child Support Payments

When someone is not meeting their child support obligations, an attorney may try to determine whether they are intentionally missing payments or simply do not have the resources to do so. As such, the consequences of missed or overdue child support obligations often depend on several factors, including whether a co-parent intentionally defaulted, the amount of arrears, and any good-faith attempts to make late or partial payments. Penalties for failing to pay child support in the Commonwealth might include:

  • Poor credit score
  • Loss of license
  • Criminal charges
  • Interest and fees on overdue payments
  • Private civil litigation
  • Contempt of court
  • Loss of assets
  • Payment of enforcement fees and legal costs
  • Incarceration

These consequences are designed to deter defaulting parents from missing further payments. It is important to note that even when paying parties experience financial hardships, they may not arbitrarily reduce or fail to make child support payments before a Court allows them to do so. Local judges take child support arrears very seriously, and parents should consider consulting O’Connor Family Law about their options if they cannot meet their financial obligations sooner rather than later.

Restructuring Child Support Obligations in Hanover

Many parents struggle to pay mandatory child support due to financial strain. In such cases, our lawyers can help petition to modify child support obligations under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 208, §28.

While reduced support payments do not generally excuse, lower, or otherwise eliminate arrears, judges may fold overdue payments into a new child support order or consider certain compelling circumstances applicable to retroactive modifications. An attorney can also help parents request an increase or decrease in child support obligations as their children become older and employment circumstances change.

Options for Collecting Child Support Arrears

Parents may obtain child support arrears by working with state support enforcement officials and retaining a private attorney in Hanover. Collecting overdue support obligations often involves recovering arrears and ensuring co-parents make future payments on time. Generally, legal counsel for the parent receiving support may ask the court to:

  • Mandate an employer to withhold payments from a paycheck
  • Allow law enforcement to seize the defaulting parent’s property and sell it to cover child support arrears
  • Notify the IRS to place a lien on any future tax credits
  • Freeze and withdraw money from a paying party’s bank account
  • Issue a warrant prohibiting a co-parent from leaving the state or country
  • Intercept lottery winnings, stimulus checks, or personal injury settlements
  • Issue a suspended jail sentence if the parent does not pay at least a portion of the outstanding amount within a certain period of time
  • Pay some or all of the parent who filed the contempt’s legal fees

A lawyer may argue for or against employing these actions during child support enforcement and arrears hearings, depending upon who they represent. Attorneys can also negotiate a new child support order based on either parent’s changed circumstances. If the obligor lives out-of-state or fled Massachusetts to avoid paying arrears, a lawyer can help take swift legal action under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Seek Help from a Hanover Attorney when Dealing with Unpaid Child Support

Whether you need assistance drafting an updated child support calculation and judgment, defending your child’s right to support at an enforcement hearing, requesting state authorities to recover child support arrears in Hanover, or defending your own position of why you have arrears, our dedicated family law attorneys can help. Our team can review your case and determine what legal options you may have moving forward. For more information, call O’Connor Family Law today.

What Our Clients Say

Divorce Is Not a Loss - See How Some of Our Clients Have Overcome Their Situations.
  • I was represented by Sasha Khan in my divorce and would highly recommend her and O’ Connor Family Law for anyone going through a high conflict divorce.

    “I was represented by Sasha Khan in my divorce and would highly recommend her and O’ Connor Family Law for anyone going through a high conflict divorce. Sasha was always quick to respond to emails and ...”

    - Catherine J.
  • Very sensitive, responsive, attentive, and professional.

    “We used this law firm for guardianship for my son, they were fantastic. Very sensitive, responsive, attentive, and professional. We had unusual challenges with our son turning 18 during Covid and the ...”

    - David
  • I can’t thank her enough!

    “With her desire to gain a deep understanding of my situation and level of expertise, we successfully obtained the outcome I needed to move on with my life in a healthy way. I can’t thank her enough!”

    - Tanya
  • I highly recommend this family law firm and wouldn’t want anyone else representing me in this tough time in my life!

    “Caitlyn and Lori have made this horrible time in my life a lot easier for me to get through. Unbelievable, the amount of effort and dedication this fantastic team puts in on a daily basis to make sure ...”

    - Former Client
  • I am forever grateful for the team's incredible efforts to make my stepdaughter's dream of having "a normal life" with her dad come true.

    “I can't say enough positive things about the O'Connor Family Law team. Atty. O'Connor, Atty. Fletcher, Lori, Sean, everyone on the team is amazing. Over the last two years, the team has represented my ...”

    - Lauren

How We Operate

Empowering You to Move Forward 
  • Education

    We don't believe in telling you what to do. Our team's goal is to educate and provide you with favorable options so that you feel empowered to choose the best outcome for yours and your family's needs. 

  • Team-Focused

    When you work with our firm you become part of a collaborative team. You can rest assured that you have a team of two attorneys and a paralegal behind you, who are always up to date on your case. 

  • Compassionate & Aggressive

    When it comes to divorce amicability is our first step - when that doesn't work, we are not afraid to throw on the gloves. As seasoned litigators, we understand that litigation is not a game; it is fighting for justice for you and your children.

Helping You Make the Best Out of Your Situation

Call 774-214-2137 or fill out the form below to get started on your next step.