My question involves a child custody case from the State of: VA
We went to court on the 4th and my ex was told that because he is going to jail he has the right to get a lawyer and if he wanted to do that. He said yes and we have to go back to court next month. I read online that a lawyer would usually (depending on the case of course) tell the non custodial parent to pay as much as they can before the court case and find a way to explain the non payment and request a way to catch up or some other plan to avoid jail. I know, no one can predict what will happen but I was wondering if anyone has any experience?
Quick back story. He has not paid anything since 6/22. Between Jan-Jun he paid a total of $980 and his monthly child support is $550 a month plus $90 a month towards arrears. We agreed to that amount during court ordered mediation which was finalized in May. He is an independent contractor so wage garnishment is not an option. I assume he is working as he uses that as an excuse for not getting his daughter for visitation every other weekend.