What can the court do when a father takes steps to evade his responsibility to pay child support?

Evading child support responsibilities is a common tactic used by abusive men to maintain power and control over their former partner. This allows them to limit her options, to tell the children that if their mother would just come back to him they could live at the standard they were used to before the separation, to convince the children that it is the mother’s fault that they can’t go on a trip, engage in extracurricular activities, and so on.

The court can impute income where there is reason to believe the father either has or could have more income than he does. There are steps women can take to assist the court in doing so.

To learn more, read our FAQ on child support payment evasion.

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