Enforcing Child Support Orders
Once a child support order is established, it is administered by the CSEA.
State law requires that payments of child support are made to the CSEA – not directly to the parent ordered to receive the support. Payments made directly to the other parent are deemed to be gifts and not payment of support.
If an Obligor is employed, the CSEA will notify the employer to withhold child support from the Obligor’s wages and remit it directly to the CSEA for disbursement to the Obligee. If an Obligor is not employed, the Obligor is responsible for self-paying on the obligation. Alternatively, an Obligor may establish a bank account from which child support may be automatically deducted by the CSEA. Full information on payment options and payment addresses is available on the CSEA’s web site at www.butlercountycsea.org.
Failure to pay child support is a very serious matter. Should an Obligor fail to pay child support timely and in full each month, the CSEA will take administrative enforcement actions such as:
- Suspension of Driver’s License, State issued Professional License, or Recreational License
- Interception of federal or state tax refunds
- Seizure of bank, investment, retirement, or other financial accounts.
- Placing of liens on real estate or personal property owned by the obligor
- Notifying the Federal Government to not issue, or not renew a previously issued passport
- Reporting the obligor to one or more credit reporting agencies
If administrative enforcement is not successful, the CSEA or obligee may file a civil contempt action with the court. Instructions and forms for filing a contempt motion are available on the Court Rules & Forms tab above.
If the Obligor is found in contempt of court for failure to pay child support in compliance with the order, the Obligor may be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and fined up to $1,000.00. In egregious cases, the matter may be referred to the county prosecutor to consider criminal charges against the Obligor.
DISCLAIMER: THIS INFORMATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE. It is a general overview for informational purposes only regarding procedure. YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN ATTORNEY FOR LEGAL ADVICE REGARDING ISSUES SPECIFIC TO YOUR CASE.