A wage garnishment request is an order by the court advising the employer to withhold the child-support payment out of the employee’s check and send it to the local child-support agency for processing.
A tax offset can be filed with the Internal Revenue Service to withhold the past due child support from the payer’s federal and state tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service then sends a check to the custodial parent.
Child-support enforcement agencies routinely report past due child support to credit bureaus, and this can have a negative impact on the person’s credit until paid in full.
Parents who do not pay child support can serve jail time for an amount of time as determined by state and federal laws.
Most states will suspend driver’s licenses and professional licenses until the delinquent child support is paid. This is usually only done after other methods were not successful, allowing the person owing the child support to work.
Offenders who have skipped out on paying completely might find their picture on the local child-support authorities’ most-wanted lists and distributed to various media outlets.