Laws Of Child Support In US

Most of the nations in this world have laws of child support. However, these laws different from one country to other.

More interestingly, for some countries, these laws are enforced and overseen by a national body or office. For some nations, these laws are enforced only at state levels.

For instance, in Australia it is a national office which is responsible for the laws related to child support and for Canada, there are different provinces and each province is responsible for enforcing these laws within its boundaries.
This is same in case of America. Different US states have different set of laws. They may not differ dramatically but still, there are differences. Each state jurisdiction is responsible for enforcing the laws of child support. Though we find state level handling of laws in America, there are certain situations where the laws are enforced and overseen by the Federal government. This specially happens in case of parents who are not compliant and they meet specific criteria. For instance, if a parent is traveling across the boundaries of different states for whatever reason (may be a business or a transferrable job) and has not made payments for at least 2 years towards the enforced support payment, the parent becomes subject to Federal prosecution and he or she will be punishable under Federal Deadbeat Punishment Act.
In different jurisdictions in US, there are different punishments assigned by the authority in case the parent responsible for payment fails to make those payments. Depending upon the timeframe for noncompliance and the outstanding payment, the severity of the punishment may vary. Let us cite a few examples of punishments which can be found in several jurisdictions. If a parent is noncompliant and has $2500 or more in arrears, the person may not be given passport under Passport Denial Program. Similarly, suspension or denial of license for hunting or driving can also take place. Professional license may also be denied.
In US, failure to pay child support debts may also lead to imprisonment and they may even be subjected to fines and their properties may be seized. As said before, it will be the jurisdiction which decides the appropriate punishment. However, you need to know that non-payment of child support debts may not have same or similar consequences in other countries. In countries like Austria, Australia and Finland, imprisonment is not included as punishment.
The Bradley Amendment of 1986 made severe changes to the laws of child support within US boundaries. With this amendment, if child support payments becomes past-due, a non-expiring lien is triggered automatically and it also disallows judicial discretion (even if it comes from the judges of bankruptcy) and it overrides the Statute of Limitation for any state and the amendment actually made it mandatory to maintain the payments, irrespective of the physical condition of the parent who owes (known as the obligor) the child support. However, in case the obligee (the parent who receives the money – typically the mother) decides to forgive the debt, the parent owing the money will not have to pay the due.