If you have a child with someone you are not married to, the juvenile court holds jurisdiction over your child support order. A child support order originates outside of the juvenile court, with the Child Support Enforcement Agency, commonly called CSEA. In order to have a child support order put into place, a DNA test is completed to confirm paternity of the child. Then, an agent looks at the income and expenses of both parties, and ultimately establishes a child support order. This order becomes part of any shared parenting or custody agreement through juvenile court, and can be modified or litigated through juvenile court.
Even if you do not have a shared parenting or custody agreement through juvenile court, failure to pay your child support can cause you to come under the jurisdiction of the court. This is because failure to pay your child support can cause a contempt of court action to be brought against you. If a contempt of court action is brought against you, you will receive a Motion to Show Cause, as to why you have failed to pay your child support, and you can ultimately be held in contempt of court. Contempt of court can have multiple consequences, such as financial penalties, or even a period of incarceration.
Please note that prolonged failure to pay your child support can result in felony criminal charges being brought against you.
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