Enforce Wisconsin Child Support Orders

Learn how to enforce child support orders when the other parent is not compliant.

Child support laws are enforced aggressively when payments become delinquent as parents are required by law to financially provide for their children. Failure to pay child support is considered contempt of court, a very serious offense.

If a parent has repeatedly failed to pay the child support they owe, you'll likely be served and ordered to appear in court for a child support hearing. Failure to show up to court will lead to a warrant for your arrest and possible jail time.

No matter what the circumstances are, the parent who owes child support should do everything in their power to pay what they owe or at a minimum, be in touch with the other parent and the courts to explain why they haven't been paying. But a lack of payment and a lack of reason is likely to lead to arrest rather quickly.

Wage Garnishments

The most common form of arrears collecting is in the form of wage garnishment. The court will determine what percentage of wages can be garnished based upon the amount owed in child support.

Intercepting Pension Payments

Under section 49.852 of Wisconsin Statutes, the Department of Children and Families may direct the department of employee trust funds to intercept funds to fulfill a child support lien for the obligor.

Liens Against Property

Under Wisconsin Statue 49.854 the Department of Children and Families may enforce a legal lien against accounts at financial institutions, personal property, real estate, or against rights to the property.

Suspend or Restrict License

Under Wisconsin Statue 49.857 the Department of Children and Families may restrict, deny renewal, and or suspend licensure of any license granted by the department of safety and professional services.


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