Personal Property Liens

A lien is a legal claim on personal property up to the amount of past-due child support. Personal property does not include land or real estate.

If a parent who owes support owes more than $600 in past-due child support, the Child Support Program may file liens to collect past-due support on motor vehicles, boats and mobile homes.

Before a lien is placed on a parent's property, the Child Support Program assess the value of the property. Liens are not placed on personal property valued at less than $2,500. The Child Support Program sends a notice by certified mail to the parent who owes support notifying them of intent to place a lien on their property. The notice asks the parent to provide a copy of the property title.

The parent has 60 days from the date on the notice to do one of the following:

  • Pay the past-due amount in full and stay current with future payments.
  • Sign a written agreement at a Child Support Program office to make payments on the past-due amount.
  • Contest the action by filing a petition in circuit court.