Hi I live and have be living in Las Vegas now since june of 03. I am supposed to be paying child support to the father in Wisconsin and have not, due to the fact that I have 3 others kids here in Las Vegas. My oldest is 10 and also have a 8 and 6yr old. My ? Is seeing Im on welfare and I have had surgery on my neck, back in Dec of 2013. I have court on 4-26-16 to see if I will be held in contempt for not paying c.s. and was wondering if Wisconsin can and or will come pick me up for not paying child support? I am in the middle of still trying to find out if I can or can not work due to pain from having a disc in my neck replaced with a plate and screws. I am scared that they will take me to jail in Wisconsin and I wont have my kids?
Contempt requires a "willful disobedience" of a valid order. Did you seek modification based on your present circumstances? There could be a hefty judgment against you for the arrears but contempt is not likely. They are likely not going to put a warrant out for your arrest based on a child support judgment. They can order that you have to get on a payment plan to avoid your drivers license to be suspended. You need to file a motion to modify/lower child support to the state minimum. If no motion was filed to this effect, you need to get one on file. Contact the State Bar of Wisconsin for a referral and there may be some pro bono options available there.
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