Upon obtaining a child and / or medical support order, the CSEA is legally required to collect, disburse, and enforce the ordered child support. The Enforcement methods include contacting the payor (party ordered to pay support) by mail or phone, issuing an income withholding order, submitting to state and federal tax offsets, and administrative and judicial enforcement actions. 

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What does it mean to be in default of a Child Support Order?

  • If you get behind at least one full month in child support payments, you are in default. You will be notified via mail with a Default Notice. Upon receipt of this notice, if you do not agree you are in default, you may request an administrative hearing. A final and enforceable determination of default has consequences, please read further.

What Administrative Enforcement Measures can the CSEA take?

  • If a final and enforceable determination of default has occurred on a case the CSEA may utilize any or all of the following administrative enforcement techniques:

    • Reporting delinquent accounts to the credit bureau
    • Suspending drivers, recreational and professional licenses
    • Wanted Posters
    • Freezing and Seizing assets held in a financial institution through the Financial Data Match Program (FIDM)

    In addition to these administrative enforcement tools the CSEA may also take judicial action through civil contempt charges or criminal non-support.