During a divorce proceeding the court ordered the father to pay 1xxx a month in child support through the court/state supervision arrangement.
The mother is living away from the father with the child. However, the father is refusing to pay via the court and has not paid anything yet. It's been over a month.
The father sent the mother some cash via Western Union and texted the mother to go get the money. The amount is about 1/3 of the total monthly amount ordered.
The mother is in dire need of the money and is nearly homeless with bills to pay with that money.
Enforcing a payment via the court takes a long time.
Will it harm the case if the mother retrieves the money? assuming she notifies the court or her attorney? Or should she refuse the money?
Refusing the money means that she won't have food/electricity/gas money as the money needs are that dire.