Unclaimed Property

If a parent owes past-due support and is entitled to unclaimed property in possession of the Department of Financial Services (DFS), the Child Support Program may take all or a portion of the unclaimed property. Examples of unclaimed property held by the State include bank accounts, uncashed payroll checks, insurance settlements, utility refunds, stocks and dividends.

Before the Child Support Program applies unclaimed property toward past-due child support, the Program ensures the parent has not filed bankruptcy and then sends notice by certified mail to the parent who owes support. The parent has 20 days from the date on the notice to contest the action.