If a party fails to comply with a cout order to pay child support, the other party can file a Motion for Contempt and Enforcement, among other pleadings. It is possible that if the father's failure to pay is intentional and willful, the court could order him to be incarserated until he 'purges' a particular amount. I would suggest you consult with at least 2 family law attorneys in your area prior to making any decisions on how to proceed, as more or clearer facts may completely change this limited opinion. Good luck!
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As the previous attorney has stated, in order to be able to fully and accurately answer the question more facts are needed. Generally, if a party fails to pay child support, the appropriate course of action is to file a motion for contempt. Once a motion for contempt is filed, there wil be a hearing on the matter. The judge will then determine whether the failure to pay is intentional, and if so the party may be incarcerated. I would highly advise you to seek the advice of an attorney in your area, or if you cannot afford an attorney try to obtain help from Legal Aid.
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