Enforcement
Parties must inform Domestic Relations and the other parties within seven days, in writing, of any material change in circumstances relevant to the level of support or the administration of the support order, including, but not limited to, loss or change of income or employment and change of personal address or change of address of any child receiving support. A party who willfully fails to report a material change in circumstance may be adjudged in contempt of court, and may be fined and imprisoned. Domestic Relations Section is not responsible for notifying the other party of the above changes. If parties fail to comply, further enforcement actions can and may be taken as listed below.  The following information describes actions an Conference Officer may take to enforce a support order. An Order of Support may consist of a financial or non-financial obligation. Each support case has individual differences that may require special attention by an Conference Officer. If you have questions or want more information about any of the enforcement measures described below, please contact this office directly.
Income Attachment: an income attachment will automatically be sent to the defendant’s employer unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties and no overdue support is owed. Unfortunately, we are unable to attach wages if the defendant is self-employed or a sub-contractor. It is ultimately the defendant’s responsibility to make the support payment if it is not or cannot be deducted from his/her check. We may also be able to attach the defendant’s unemployment compensation and/or social security benefits.

Contempt of Court – if a party has failed to comply with the Court Order he/she may be listed for Contempt of Court, which could result in incarceration.

Federal and State Tax Refund Offset Programs: federal and state income tax refunds can be intercepted if the defendant owes overdue child support. In order for the federal tax refund to be intercepted he/she must owe $150 or more if the case involves cash assistance, or $500 or more for all other cases. A defendant must owe $11 or more in order to intercept his/her state tax refund.

Financial Institution Data Match: The Court can order financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions, to turn over the defendant’s financial assets to pay overdue support. (Freeze and seize)   [Read More]