Each parent has a legal duty to support their children. Establishing child support may be part of divorce, separate maintenance, temporary separation, annulment, parentage or child welfare case. Depending on the type of case, a support order may be entered by a district court or a juvenile court. The Utah Office of Recovery Services (ORS) may also issue administrative orders for child support.
Child support orders will have three components:
- base child support
- medical care and insurance premiums
- child care expenses
If you are having trouble receiving support, you should know that you cannot withhold parent time, even if child support is not being paid. Likewise, a parent may not withhold child support if parent time is being denied. If any party does not obey a court order, the other party may file a motion asking the court to enforce the order (called an Order to Show Cause). The enforcement order can include a judgment for money owed. The court may also find a party in contempt and order the party to pay a fine or serve time in jail. Miller Family Law will be diligent in helping you enforce your children's rights to support and your right to reimbursement. We will help you follow through to collect on your judgments.