If child support payments are not made

There are many reasons why child support payments are not made on time. Most often, these reasons are based on the employment situation of the noncustodial parent. As a general rule, if payments are not made, it is because the noncustodial parent is not earning enough income to pay his or her obligations.

If a noncustodial parent does not make the court-ordered payment, the child support office uses enforcement remedies, including:
  • Intercepting federal and state income and property tax refunds and lottery winnings
  • Reporting unpaid balances to credit bureaus
  • Denying passport applications
  • Suspending driver’s and occupational licenses
  • Entering judgments
  • Charging interest 
  • Denying student grants
  • Filing for civil contempt of court
  • Pursuing charges of criminal nonsupport