There are several methods of enforcing child support orders. Parents who find themselves trying to collect child support and parents struggling to pay child support should educate themselves about measures that are taken to enforce child support orders and other family law resources that can help with child support.
Child support enforcement measures in Alabama
There are several child support enforcement mechanisms including:
- Income withholding: The court can instruct the non-paying parent’s employer to deduct the amount of child support that is owed from the parent’s wages.
- Interception of tax refunds: Both federal and state tax refunds can be intercepted for unpaid child support.
- Credit bureau reporting: If the non-custodial paying parent owes greater than $1,000 in child support, it is automatically reported to the credit bureaus.
- Liens: Liens can be placed on property and personal property including vehicles, bank accounts, insurance settlements or lump sum payments for unpaid child support.
- Passport denial: If the custodial parent owes greater than $2,500 in unpaid child support, it may result in the denial of a passport.
- License suspension or revocation: Non-paying parents can have their driver’s, professional, sporting or recreational licenses suspended, revoked or withheld.
- Prosecution: federal prosecution for the failure to pay child support is possible.
Paying child support is important. At times, it can be challenging and both parents trying to collect child support and those required to pay it may experience frustration which is why they should be familiar with family law resources that may be able to help with a child support modification and other child support concerns.