In cases involving divorce or separation, the court may order the non-custodial parent to make monthly payments in support of the child’s basic needs and upbringing. If any payments are missed, the court will track the amount of back child support payments, and attempt to collect the debt, usually through child support enforcement agencies.
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Child support enforcement agencies are usually state-appointed departments that deal with issues involving child support payments. Operating similar to collection agencies, but with more debt collection options, the main goal is the collection of money from individuals who owe unpaid child support. Typical duties of an enforcement agency include:
Private child support enforcement agencies also exist, and tend to use aggressive tactics such as property liens, to retrieve debt.
Child support enforcement works when agencies take action by using the following services:
In the event of a dispute, state child support enforcement agencies have access to federal records databases containing all child support court orders. Agencies can easily access these records on behalf of the custodial parent, determine what is or is not owed.
Generally, you will need to contact your state or county’s child support department, and file a request. Once filed, they can determine what remedies you are owed, and begin the process of enforcing your court order. It is important to note that the enforcement of payment is not always automatic, so you need to take action to get results.
If someone fails to pay child support, stiff penalties are possible, including:
Other consequences may include: revocation of passport, driver’s license suspension, loss of government benefits, and ineligibility for hunting or boating licenses.
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If you are not receiving the child support payments you are owed, it is a good idea to contact an experienced family law attorney. Though child support enforcement agencies are there to assist you in retrieving payment, they may also require you to jump through hoops with the court. A lawyer in your area can assist you in filing the necessary forms, and representing your best interests.
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