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What is a Child Support Enforcement Agency?
A child support enforcement agency is a state-appointed department that handles various issues with regards to child support payments. In general, their main task is to attempt to collect child support in instances where the paying parent has failed to keep up with child support payments. They may perform tasks such as:
- Identifying and locating the parent who owes payments
- Determining how much payment is owed
- Enforcing measures for collecting the outstanding amounts (such as garnishing wages directly from an employer)
- Monitoring regular monthly payments
Child support enforcement agencies may work closely with other social service departments when it comes to the various issues involved in a child support determination.
In addition, the child support enforcement agency may perform other tasks that are related to child support enforcement, such as establishing paternity, dealing with child health insurance issues, and reporting instances of abuse or neglect to the appropriate government department.
What Happens if Child Support Payments Are Not Paid?
Failure to pay child support can result in various consequences, including:
- Lawsuits (for instance, if child or other parent has suffered damages due to the failure to pay child support
- Criminal or civil warrants
- Contempt of court (especially for violations of court orders)
Lastly, in serious cases of non-payment of child support, the court may resort to other methods for collecting the amounts. For instance, the court may seize some of the paying parent’s property in order to make up for the back child support payments. This all depends on the various facts of the situation as well as state laws.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Child Support Issues?
The procedures for child support enforcement tend to be fairly specific. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need help collecting or enforcing child support payments. Your attorney can provide you with the legal advice and guidance that is necessary to help you succeed on your claim.
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Last Modified: 02-09-2017 11:19 PM PST
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