Complying with Child Support Orders

Once a child support order is established, the Child Support Program monitors payments and if payments are not received as ordered, the Program takes steps to contact the parent who owes support.

The Child Support Program has a variety of options to assist parents. This includes providing job placement and training and other community resources. The Program can also initiate enforcement actions. State and federal laws apply to how and when the Program can use certain actions. The Child Support Program also partners with other state child support agencies when one parent lives in another state.

Learn more about the actions used to increase compliance:

Income WithholdingThe Child Support Program sends income withholding for support notices to employers. Employers deduct and send child support payments for employees who owe support.LEARN MORE Suspension ActionsDriver, professional and recreational licenses may be suspended for nonpayment of support. LEARN MORE Court ActionsThe Child Support Program takes some cases to court for nonpayment. The outcomes vary depending on each case, but can include full or partial payment of past-due support, contempt of court, work search or job training.LEARN MORE LiensLiens on motor vehicles and boats may be filed for nonpayment of support.LEARN MORE Other CollectionsThe Child Support Program can collect money from insurance settlements, IRS tax refunds, workers' compensation benefits and other income sources.LEARN MORE Bank AccountsThe Child Support Program can collect past-due support from bank accounts.LEARN MORE Credit ReportingThe Child Support Program can report past-due amounts to credit agencies.LEARN MORE Medical SupportThe Child Support Program can take action to enroll child(ren) in health insurance or to collect a child's medical expenses that are not covered by insurance.LEARN MORE CostsThe Child Support Program can collect costs that are owed from a legal action and that are past-due by 30 days.LEARN MORE Passport DenialRequests to renew, replace, or add pages to a passport may be denied for past-due child support.LEARN MORE