Those who have become delinquent on the child support they owe often face various problems and we have discussed many of them on this blog. From the interception of a tax refund to problems with passport applications, back child support is not to be taken lightly. However, we would like to point out that people who fall behind on their child support payments may face many other difficulties as well, some of which may not seem serious to an outsider but could disrupt a non-custodial parent’s life tremendously.
For example, back child support can lead to significant emotional distress. For starters, parents who cannot pay child support for whatever reason may have high levels of anxiety, which could have a negative impact on their performance and work and lead to sleep disturbances, among other problems. Between financial penalties, an inability to pursue certain interests, and even the threat of arrest, there are various reasons why those who owe unpaid child support suffer from anxiety. Moreover, it should be pointed out that failing to pay child support can result in depression and some parents may be upset with the fact that they are not able to fulfill their duties.
Falling behind on support can also result in a damaged reputation and problems with family members. If you are trying to figure out how to deal with your inability to pay child support, do not hesitate to look into potential solutions, such as modifying your order. Our child support section is a lifeline for parents struggling with this facet of family law.