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Child support payment enforcement: more tools discussed

In our last post we discussed a variety of tools that the state can use in order to collect child support payments from noncustodial parents. Besides the ones listed in that post, the state has quite a few other tricks up its sleeve that can help enforce a child support order.

For example, the state may be able to suspend professional and business licenses. This could affect people in many careers, such as construction contractors, accountants, and doctors. The U.S. Department of State could also deny a noncustodial parent's passport if they have a lot of child support arrears.

The state could also suspend registrations for vehicles and other vessels that are held by the noncustodial parent. On top of that, their delinquency may also be reported to credit bureaus which could have an effect on their credit score, making it harder to get a mortgage, loans or credit cards.

Finally, some out-of-state cases can be brought to the federal level where a noncustodial parent may be convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.

It's important to understand that both custodial and noncustodial parents have rights and responsibilities when it comes to child support. Noncustodial parents are required to pay their support in full and on time. They are also required to let the state know about any job changes or moves. If a noncustodial parent feels they cannot afford to pay, they have the right to have their support payments reviewed. It's important to work with an attorney if there is an issue regarding child support.

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