Child Support Enforcement in Massachusetts

Counsel from a Dedicated Family Law Attorney

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts takes child support very seriously. If you fail to keep up with payments, there are numerous laws in place that allow the state to take action against you to recover that money. Everything from your tax returns to possible lottery winnings can be seized by the state to satisfy the debt.

If you're a parent who has had trouble keeping up with child support payments, then the time to take action is now. There are ways to pursue a modification to your child support agreement and a proactive strategy is needed immediately before the state takes measures against you. At D. Baker Law Group, P.C., our attorney has been assisting individuals resolve their family law and debt-related legal issues for nearly 20 years and is ready to bring his unmatched insight and experience to your case today.

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Administrative Enforcement

The Department of Revenue (DOR) is responsible for enforcing child support payments when a parent fails to pay. When this occurs, they have numerous options to consider in how to recover payment from the owning parent.

In the event of non-payment, the DOR can:

  • Notify you of the outstanding debt
  • Generate an Income Withholding Order (IWO)
  • Issue an income levy
  • Issue the support obligation increase by 25%
  • Issue liens on your property
  • Deny your passport
  • Suspend your license and revoke your vehicle registration
  • Intercept your tax refund, pension, or your unemployment compensation
  • Intercept an insurance claim or lottery winnings

These are just some of the actions the DOR can take against a parent with a child support debt. However, many of these remedies are cumulative or circumstantial—meaning the sooner you settle your debt or take legal action, the fewer of these enforcements will be issued against you.

Regain control of your child support payments. Contact us at D. Baker Law Group, P.C. to schedule a consultation with a skilled and proven Massachusetts family lawyer today.