Can we enforce child support court order even if custodial parent lives in South America?
Hello, I currently have a divorce court order granting $300/month (out of Harris County, Texas) – yes, I’ve been very kind to the dad. The kids and I have permission in this order to live in Columbia, where we are living now. The dad is currently 45 months behind in child support (after I just finished forgiving 7 years!).
Would you be able to help me collect this without me having to travel to the U.S.? The payments would help tremendously since we are living on a very low income.
Thank you for the email and question! Can you please provide some info on the absent parent and what he does for income? We would like to try and assist you but would need details to determine if we can. Here is what I can tell you about how we may be able to move forward:
SCI will look for income are assets to possible attach to. If the non-custodial parent is working a garnishable job, we will work to get a withholding order in place. If he is a cash employee, we will work with him to establish a payment arrangement to get the support coming in. Texas has the obligation to prosecute; we would not hold him in contempt or suspend licenses.
The international factor in your case is not an issue for us since the order and the non-custodial parent are in Texas. If we are able to collect, we can offer direct deposit to a savings or checking account to help expedite payments to you.
Please get your documents together and submit them to us so we can review the case and see what we can do to help you collect the support you deserve! As always call us with any questions at 888.729.6661.