How long can you be held for missing child support payments?
I am not licensed to practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information regarding your situation.
In Virginia where I practice, a person can either be brought to court for not paying child support by a criminal or a civil contempt proceeding.
If served with a criminal violation of not paying child support the court may issue jail time up to 10 days or up to 12 months, depending on what statute the proceeding was filed under.
If served with a show cause for civil contempt the court can issue jail time up to 12 months, but often if the judge gives the party active jail time he will also issue a “purge clause,” which is an amount of money, which if paid towards the support arrearages will allow the party to be released from jail.
Anyone facing criminal or civil contempt for failure to pay child support needs to immediately seek the counsel of a domestic litigation attorney in their state.