What can happen if you start missing child support payments
Paying child support might be a financial struggle, depending where you are in life. However, there are laws in place that make sure you keep at it, and consequences if you don't obey.
If you fail to meet your child support payment, you will receive a Notice of Child Support Deliquency. This letter will state that you have 30 days to pay the amount in full.
Failure to pay this bill will result in the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division (DOR/CSE) freezing your bank account (be it savings, checkings, investment or retirement accounts). The process of holding your bank account hostage to fulfill your child support payment is known as levying. In addition to levying, DOR may usewage garnishing, the act of taking money directly out of your paycheck.
But that's not all! You may also have your driver license suspended.
However, depending on where your money in the bank came from, the DOR/CSE may not be able to freeze your account. Any money generated from the following is off-limits:
If levying your bank account causes you legitimate hardship (such as making you homeless, losing your job, or keeping you from buying food) you can request the DOR/CSE to unfreeze your account.
If you believe that the DOR/CSE has no right to levy your bank account, you may contend it with a judicial review. Be sure to file the complaint within 45 days of the date of the DOR/CSE's written decision.
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