Child Support Enforcement

The Child support enforcement program has legislative authority to collect overdue child support and to obtain medical coverage through a variety of administrative procedures. Administrative procedures can be put into action without going to court.

Current or Overdue Support can be collected via the following administrative processes:

  • Income Execution- the process by which payments for current and/or overdue support are deducted from a noncustodial parent’s wages or other income by the noncustodial parent’s employer or income payor.
  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits Intercept– Noncustodial parents who are receiving unemployment insurance from the New Your State Department of Labor will have current and/or overdue child support payments automatically deducted from their UIB payments.

Overdue Support can be collected via the following administrative processes:

  • Income Tax Refund Intercept (Federal and State)- A delinquent noncustodial parent’s federal and/or state income tax refund may be intercepted to pay overdue child support.
  • Credit Bureau Submission– The names of delinquent noncustodial parents may be submitted to the major consumer credit reporting agencies. As a result, the noncustodial parent may have difficulty obtaining a loan or other forms of credit until the overdue child support is paid.
  • Lottery Intercept– New York State lottery winnings may be intercepted to pay overdue child support.
  • Property Execution– Financial assets, including bank accounts, may be seized in order to satisfy overdue child support.
  • Driver’s License Suspension– New York State driver’s licenses may be suspended for a delinquent noncustodial parent.
  • Passport Denial- The New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement and the U.S. State Department work together to prevent delinquent noncustodial parents from renewing or obtaining a passport.
  • Liens- Liens may be filed against a delinquent noncustodial parent’s real estate or personal injury claims or awards in order to collect overdue child support.
  • Tax Referrals– The names of delinquent noncustodial parents are sent to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF). DTF can then apply specific tax collection remedies to collect the overdue child support.