Attorneys often see unemployed or underemployed parents use some of these strategies to avoid paying support. Here are some clues they will look for in a case like this.
The support obligated parent might:
• Only work when they can be paid “under the table” or in jobs where they can claim lower wages than they actually earn
• Never seek a part-time supplementary income while collecting jobless benefits
• Rely on a partner or spouse for money and start a small business
• Claim they cannot find work in their field when there is no evidence they have attempted to do so
• Accept a part-time, low-paying job and request a modification of support based on that income
• File for an extension on tax-returns to prevent any refunds from being intercepted by federal or state offset programs
• Intentionally seek temporary work instead of a permanent job
• Refuse to seek work that is commensurate with their education and/or experience
• Stop looking for work altogether
• Start storing money somewhere other than a bank, where it cannot be seized by child support enforcement
While a Colorado Springs child support lawyer cannot ask a judge to force your ex into employment, there are other things that can be done. For one, your attorney can ask for present evidence to the court if there is a way to prove a pattern of willful unemployment. If a judge believes that your ex is not seeking work intentionally, then your attorney can file a complaint for Contempt of Court.