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Unpaid child support and federal law

According to the Utah Department of Human Services, more than $212 million in child support was collected by the Office of Recovery Services in Utah over the course of fiscal year 2014. However, there are many people who still have a considerable amount of unpaid child support in Salt Lake City, and across the state of Utah. Failure to pay child support can lead to serious penalties and it is important for those who are struggling with these issues to recognize how child support enforcement is handled at the federal level.

On the United States Department of Justice's site, an overview of federal child support enforcement is provided. It is important to remember that the DOJ says that problems related to child support are handled at the state and local before federal authorities become involved. However, when child support matters are handled at the federal level, the consequences are serious. For example, those who willfully fail to pay child support ordered by an out-of-state court, fail to pay $5,000 or more in child support, or do not make child support payments for more than one year could spend as much as six months behind bars and face financial penalties. However, those who have failed to pay more than $10,000 in child support or missed child support payments for over two years could spend two years behind bars.

When it comes to child support, parents on both sides can experience a number of problems when payments are not made on time, such as difficulty raising a child and prison time. As a result, parents who are dealing with any complications related to child support should do everything in their power to quickly find a resolution.


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