You need to go DIY (do-it-yourself) or at the very least a hybrid of state enforcement (CSE/DA’s) and DIY. By hybrid I mean allow the current support to be accrued (and possibly collected, if you are so lucky), but you must absolutely take control of the arrears (take it back/take it over) so that you can utilize other laws which are available to you, but that the state agencies won’t use. Forget about Child Support Enforcement Agencies, the DA’s office, Garden Variety Attorneys and the like, here is what you need to do now in order to collect your child support arrears:
By utilizing these other laws, you have the power to employ collection techniques such as:
- Legally pulling the non-payors credit report to see if he has anything on there which can help you – bank information, job information, asset info, – just for starters.
- Have an additional lump sum taken from his paycheck to pay down arrears. You can do this while collecting current support via a wage withholding. It’s not either/or.
- Serve his business connections with a legal action compelling them to turn over any payables they might owe him.
- This is just for starters.
Do you think that CSE would ever do this for you?
If you said NO, then you would be correct. But these are tactics which are legally available to CSE and to you.
It’s not going to get any better with any of the state agencies you might be working with. What you see right now is basically what you are going to get. Moms complain to CSE, they complain in their social media groups, they complain to their elected officials and you see how far most moms have gotten. When the government program that is supposed to be in place to help you through this situation is unresponsive to your needs, don’t sit back and suffer and wait for them to come through for you. I mean, you can do that, but I guarantee that you will be suffering for a long time. If that’s okay with you, then fine. If that’s not okay with you, then you need to know the score and what you can do to move your case along.
If I leave you with anything from this blog post, let it be these two points:
- You don’t have to use any of the state agencies to collect your arrears and arguably, you are probably better off without them
- You don’t need to be a rocket scientist, lawyer, paralegal, teacher, Indian Chief or have a high IQ to apply the laws that CSE doesn’t use. If you can follow a recipe – you.can.do.this.
What CSE does is not magical. It is not complicated, although it might seem like it is. You have the choice of waiting some more to see if CSE will come through for you. I know that you hope that they do. Or, you can begin a process of taking some time to have someone walk you through the steps and collect like so many other moms have done. I’m not sure what you have to lose, but I can surely tell you what you have to gain, and I have always said “hope is not a strategy.”
Wishing you collections,
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