What Happens If Child Support Isn't Paid?

The child support program works with both parents to collect consistent, timely child support payments. When child support is not paid regularly, we can take actions to collect monthly and past-due amounts:

  • Income withholding
  • Deny a passport
  • Suspend licenses (driver’s, occupational, and recreational)
  • Levy financial accounts
  • Intercept a state or federal income tax refund
  • Withhold other one-time or recurring federal payment such as retirement, salary, payments to vendors or contractors, and other federal payments
  • Set liens on property
  • Report child support debts to credit bureaus
  • Connect parents to employment and other services

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Last Reviewed: July 12, 2018

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