If you don't pay child support when it's owed, you can get into trouble with the law. Take, for example, a case out of New York. A man was arrested after he was caught with drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop; He was also behind on child support.
The 35-year-old man was pulled over for a faulty taillight, but a quick check by police found that his license had already been suspended due to failing to pay child support. his license had also been suspended in Florida for failing to come to court.
As for the drugs in his vehicle, he claimed that a friend had left it when they were dropped off. The amount was less than 20 grams of marijuana, so he was charged for possession as well as driving on a suspended license.
What this case shows is that falling behind on your child support can lead to the loss of your license and more trouble down the line should you choose to ignore that suspension or revocation. It is important that you pay support on time. If you are the recipient of the support, you can let the court know if your ex-spouse or the parent of your child is not paying support as ordered. In many cases, there are options that can help.
If you can't afford to pay support, make sure you talk to your attorney and the court about a modification. If you don't and you continue to fail to pay, you can face significant penalties that will have an impact on your life.