There are several potential ramifications if you get behind in child support.
First, the other parent can bring a motion for contempt. If the court finds that you have the ability to pay but have not done so, you may have a judgment entered against you for the past due amount plus the other parent’s attorney’s fees and costs. In egregious cases, the court may even order imprisonment as a sanction.
You can also have your driver’s license suspended, have the debt reported to the credit bureaus, have your tax refund intercepted, or have a passport denied. If you are unable to pay the full child support amount, you should contact an attorney to discuss modification of your child support order as soon as possible.