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How are child support orders enforced in Mississippi?

Child support is important for children and families which is why there are a variety of methods by which child support orders are enforced. It is important to keep in mind that family law resources are available to parents seeking to enforce a child support order, as well as parents struggling to comply with a child support order who may need to seek a modification of a child support order. Both paying and recipient parents may wonder, however, by what methods child support obligations are enforced in Mississippi.

There are many methods of enforcing a child support order including income withholding; interception of unemployment income; interception of a tax refund; credit reporting; certain liens placed on workers' compensation benefits or personal injury settlements; seizure or freezing of accounts; license suspension; passport revocation; and a contempt of court action which could, ultimately, result in jail time. A variety of different types of licenses may be suspended including occupational, professional or businesses licenses and hunting and fishing licenses; in addition to driver's licenses and some others.

The repercussions of failing to make required child support can be serious. At times, parents may face challenges related to either the collection or payment of child support. Family law resources are available to enforce child support orders but also to help parents seeking a child support modification. Based on a significant change in circumstances of either the parent or child, a modification of a child support order may be possible. It is important to keep in mind, however, that payments must be made according to a valid child support order.

If child support becomes a challenge for either the recipient or paying parent, they should be familiar with available family law resources that can help. The family law process is available to help families in a variety of situations which is why parents should be aware of the different options available when facing difficulties associated with child support.

Source: Mississippi Department of Human Services, "Collection and Enforcement," Accessed Feb. 8, 2017

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