If a non-custodial parent (NCP) has the ability to pay child support and chooses willfully not to, DCSS may ask a Family Court Judge to
find the NCP in contempt of court for failing to comply with a child support order. If the court finds the NCP in contempt, the judge may
order a purge payment, impose a sanction and even put the NCP in jail.
DCSS's authorized enforcement measures include:
- Consumer credit reporting of NCP's verified past due child support (arrears) as unpaid debt.
- Criminal non-support prosecution.
- Intercepting monies due to NCP including: Benefit checks such as worker's and/or unemployment compensation, lottery winnings, state
and/or federal tax returns.
- Filing lawsuits to recover assets that are transferred from the NCP to another individual, so the NCP can avoid paying child support.
- License suspension, including: Driver's, Business, Occupational, Professional or Recreational (fishing, hunting, trapping).
- Passport denial.
- Third party collections, including: Banks holding money belonging to NCP, or from someone who owes money to NCP.