My partner isn’t paying child support. What should I do?

1. Talk to your partner

You can try talking to your partner about why they are not paying . 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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