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Do you know everything to do when paying child support?

If you are ordered to start paying child support, you should know all the steps that you should follow to make sure you're protected if you ever need to change the payment amount or if you want to have the payments automatically withdrawn.

For example, did you know that you can set up withholdings for child support? If you do that, your child support will be taken directly from your paychecks, so you don't have to worry about making payments yourself.

One other thing that you need to do is to keep a list of contacts you need to reach out to if you can't make a payment or need to adjust your payments. This list should include people such as your co-parent, your attorney and your co-parent's attorney. Keeping everyone informed is an important step to avoid trouble in court.

What should you do if you can't pay support?

You will likely always be obligated to pay some amount of support, but if you can't afford the amount you've been ordered to pay, then it's okay to reach out to your attorney and to seek a modification with the court. For example, if you've lost your job or have had changes in your financial responsibilities, you may not be able to handle the same amount of child support. That's something you need to talk to your attorney and the court about.

In the meantime, you must continue to pay as much support as possible (and preferably the full amount owed according to your court order). If not, the other parent could take action against you.

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