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Understanding child support options in Rhode Island

Child support is an important concern for many parents, including parents receiving child support and parents paying child support. Following the establishment of a child support order, in general, the order continues until it is modified. Enforcement of child support orders occurs automatically in Rhode Island and can lead to serious consequences for failure to pay required child support.

A number of different enforcement mechanisms are available for the enforcement of a child support order in Rhode Island. Enforcement measures can include the suspension of a driver's license; interception of tax refunds; liens on property and assets; bank account liens; credit bureau reporting; the denial of a passport; contempt proceedings; and a number of other potential enforcement measures. When a parent is facing challenges associated with child support, it is helpful to keep in mind that child support modifications may be possible but must be requested from the court.

It is important for parents in Rhode Island to be aware that a child support modification may be possible in some circumstances. It is also important to keep child support payments current while seeking a child support modification from the court. Child support modifications may be available in Rhode Island based on a significant change in circumstances. Either parent is able to request a child support modification. Child support modifications may be granted in circumstances of a lost job or a significant change in circumstances of either of the parents or the child.

The family law legal process is designed to help families with their changing needs. It is helpful to understand the options the family law legal process provides to assist families and maintain the best interests of the children.

Source: State of Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services, "Enforcement," Accessed Jan. 7, 2016

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