These and other enforcement methods may be used. The most common methods are:
- Income withholding;
- Credit reporting;
- License suspension;
- Federal and State tax refund intercept;
- Passport denial; and
- Court action
Income withholding is the most effective way to collect child support. Money is taken directly out of the non-custodial parent's paycheck.
Past due support over $500 will be reported to the four credit bureaus.
If more than three months of past due support is owed these licenses may be suspended:
- Driver's (except CDL);
- Recreational (hunting, fishing, etc.); and
- Professional (CDL, physician, attorney, etc.)
Federal and State Tax Refund Intercept
A non-custodial parent's Federal and State tax refund may be intercepted if the criteria are met.
A non-custodial parent's passport may be withheld if more than $2,500 of past due support is owed.
The courts may also enforce your order using different methods such as:
- Payment plan;
- Fine; and
- Jail time.