Ex owes around 15000+ in back child support. current payments are rare. What can I do?
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I see that you are here in colorado springs. So are your payments going through the Family Support Registry (FSR)? FSR should be working with you to get those payments. He has to make his minimum payments or El Paso County Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSE) would go after him. CSE works with you to get your child support payments. You have a caseworker assigned and should call her to find out why he is not paying his full amount. CSE will then go after him on your child's behalf.
I say your child's behalf because CSE does not represent you and you may need an attorney to represent your interest but it is not necessary. If CSE goes after him, they will set a hearing to determine if his current support payments are reasonable with his income. The arrears are calculated and spread out over 24 months to give him time to repay. If his support goes up to, say, $300.00 per month, and he owes $15,000. then applying the 24 months, he would have to pay you $924.00 per month ($624 per month for 24 months in arrears). they would garnish his paycheck for the money and intercept his tax return refunds to repay you. Failure to pay would result in his drivers license being suspended or he could go to jail for up to 6 months.
So contact your caseworker and get them to go after him. If you are not going through FSR, contact them to find out how to get your support payments registered. It usually takes a court order and then the wage assignment takes effect.
hope this helps.