Child Support

Enforcement of Child Support in Portland

If you are seeking to establish or enforce a child support order, or have been served with a child support action from an individual or the state, you will benefit from the counsel of a seasoned Portland divorce lawyer at McKinley Irvin.

Whether you are an individual seeking back child support judgments or are defending against these actions, our team has extensive litigation and negotiation experience in these matters. We can offer you the effective representation you need to pursue the best outcome possible. Our team also has experience with cases brought through the Department of Child Support or by the state of Oregon through the prosecutor’s office.

What are the Penalties for Failing to Pay Child Support?

Parents who have failed to pay the full amount of child support they owe each month may be subject to a number of penalties, including:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Seizure of bank accounts
  • Liens on real or personal property
  • Restriction or revocation of passports and driver’s licenses
  • Interception of tax refunds, lottery winnings, or inheritances
  • Reporting of the delinquent parent to credit agencies

In addition, a judge may deem that the delinquent parent is in contempt of court and may subject them to further fines and/or jail time.

Enforcing Child Support Judgments from Other States and Countries

Every U.S. state has adopted the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA), which provides the latitude to enforce child support judgments made in other states or outside of the country. This act also provides courts with the ability to impose new judgment for any child support that has not been paid. The attorneys at McKinley Irvin are prepared to assist you with your case involving support arrangements enacted outside of Oregon.

Contact an Oregon Divorce Lawyer

Family law matters, especially those involving the care of children, can be some of the most sensitive legal issues an individual can face. We believe it is important to work with a family law firm that not only is experienced in this area of the law, but also understands the importance of a compassionate, client-focused approach. Our goal is to protect the best interests of both you and your child.

For more information on how the Portland family law attorneys at McKinley Irvin can assist you, please contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

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