Temecula Child Support Attorney
Child Support Collections
Paying Court-ordered child support in California is not always easy. However, under California law, parents ordered to pay child support must meet this responsibility or Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) can collect the support and arrearages (past due payments). Some methods DCSS uses to collect and enforce support are as follows:
Income Tax Refund Intercepts: The IRS and the Franchise Tax Board can intercept tax refunds for past due support.
Disability Insurance Benefit Intercept System: Part of State Disability payments can be intercepted.
Unemployment Insurance Benefit Intercept System: Part of your State Unemployment Insurance Benefits can be taken.
Workers Compensation Appeals Board Match System: Lump sum workers compensation awards can be taken.
Financial Institution Data Match System: Assets of the parent owing support held by many banks, savings and loan institutions, and credit unions in California and the US can be taken. The DCSS Full Collection Program is responsible for responding to any inquiries concerning this type of action.
Lottery Intercept: Lottery winnings can be taken.
Board of Equalization Sales and Use Tax Intercept System: Sales tax refunds can be intercepted.
Social Security Benefits: Theses benefits can also be intercepted.
Lastly, in extreme situations where support is ignored by the paying parent, the Department of Child Support Services can seek a contempt citation in court if a parent owing support who has the ability to pay refuses to pay child support. Typically this is used only as a last resort when all other attempts to collect support have failed. Cases may also be referred to the District Attorney to review for a misdemeanor or felony.
Contact a Temecula Child Support Attorney today if you have questions about child support payments and collections.