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Massachusetts child support enforcement options

For one reason or another, custodial parents in Massachusetts may find themselves struggling to obtain child support payments from the non-custodial parent. When this happens, they may feel that there is little they can do, but, the simple truth is, there are child support enforcement programs in place to help with this issue. In this week's post, we are going to share several of the enforcement methods available and how both custodial and non-custodial parents can get help with child support issues.

The Child Support Enforcement Division is charged with collecting and enforcing financial and medical support obligations. When a parent falls behind on their support payments, administrative methods are used by this group to collect past-due funds. One or more methods may be utilized until payments are made in full.

Before any drastic measures to collect payments are taken, a notice of past-due funds is sent to the responsible party. If that notice goes unheeded, other steps to collect payments may be tried. Some of the most common methods for collecting child support include:

  • Income withholding
  • Income levy
  • Tax refund intercept
  • License suspension
  • Credit reporting

Administrative methods can be very effective when it comes to child support enforcement. However, if, for some reason, these methods are ineffective, it is possible to take the issue to court. Both custodial and non-custodial parents in Massachusetts have the right to request modifications to a child support order. In some cases, the lack of child support payments may be a result of unemployment or a number of other circumstances that may change a person's financial stability. Whatever the situation, providing for the needs of the child is the top priority, and help is available to ensure that is happening.

Source:, "Administrative Enforcement", Dec. 29, 2014

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