When people owe child support and they are unable to keep up with those payments, it can lead to serious problems for that person who is supposed to be paying on a monthly basis. Aside from the potential legal consequences that can arise, many places will also assign the debts to private collection companies. These companies can use their own tactics to pursue these debts, and many of them are ruthless and relentless. A recent settlement of a lawsuit in Virginia showed that some companies can cross the line.
Specifically, the settlement of a lawsuit was announced regarding the illegal collection practice allegedly engaged in by a private company that was hired to pursue child support payments in Virginia. Over time, this company allegedly used misleading ‘withholding orders’ that basically siphoned a percentage of the payments being withheld from the non-custodial parents’ paychecks. There were examples where these ‘orders’ collected up to 35 percent of the payments for the company.
The company persuaded the custodial parents to sign assignments to the collection company, and that’s how these fees were charged. However, this is illegal in Virginia because child support payments are made to the child and not the parent. Nearly $1 million was paid out to settle the case, and the court will begin to disperse these payments to the families who had them taken while this conduct was allegedly taking place.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
Anyone who is involved with child support payments in one way or another understands that these payments and the process can quickly become confusing, particularly if someone falls behind on those payments. That’s why anyone who is facing a potential problem with regards to child support needs to act immediately to secure the help of experienced professionals.
If you are facing the possibility of having to deal with issues relating to this circumstance, you need to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.