1. Talk to your partner

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My partner isn't paying child support. What should I do?
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1. Talk to your partner

You can try talking to your partner about why they are not paying child support. You can talk to your partner on your own or with the help of a lawyer or mediator.

You may also be able to speak to someone your partner respects and trusts. This could be a family member, a friend, a colleague, or a religious advisor. Ask them to speak to your partner and explain the impact that missed payments can have on your children.

Remind your partner that:

  • Child support is paid for the benefit of the children, not you.
  • Every parent has a duty to financially support their children.

Talking to your partner may not be an option where there is a history of partner abuse.

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Reviewed: March 1, 2021

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