Dealing with a former partner who doesn't make their court-ordered child support payments can be incredibly frustrating, and leave you and your child in a financially vulnerable situation. Luckily, there are specific things you can do to take control of the situation and increase the odds of child support being paid. Here are three things to do when your ex is behind on child support:

Work with an Experienced Attorney

Child support is a complicated area of family law, and you need an experienced attorney representing your interests and navigating your case. An attorney with serious experience in the area of child support will be able to guide you in the legal process of seeking back child support, having your ex's wages garnished if necessary, and renegotiating your support agreement if appropriate. One firm to contact for more information is Cotto Law Firm P.C.

Your attorney will also be able to give you an accurate estimate of the time-frame involved if you have to sue your ex, so you know about how long you will have to wait before you receive back payments.  

Keep Things Amicable If Possible

When your former spouse owes you child support and has a negative impact on your child's quality of life, it may be difficult to remain composed and diplomatic, but it's in your best interest to do so. If you maintain a civil relationship with your ex, they may be more willing to cooperate with you, as well as more open if they experience unexpected life events (such as being fired or emergency medical bills) that make it temporarily impossible to pay the child support they owe.

You are more likely to get the outcome you want if you focus on keeping things amicable and approach the situation as parents instead of adversaries. A civil approach is also better for your child's well-being.

Supplement Your Own Income

Until your ex catches up on their child support payments, you may find yourself short on money every month. To make things easier for you and your child, it's a good idea to supplement your own income during this time to help make up the difference. You may want to get a side job working in a restaurant or store on the weekends, or freelancing from home. Even babysitting or dog walking can bring in extra money that can add up to make a positive difference each month.

By following these tips, you will improve your chances of receiving child support payments from your ex.