Enforcement Tools to Collect Support
Children have the right to receive financial and emotional support from both parents, even if the parents don’t live together or were never married. The Oregon Child Support Program strives to make it as convenient as possible for parents to give their children everything they need to grow and thrive.
Working Together to Ensure Child Support Gets Paid
Most child support in Oregon is collected voluntarily, but unfortunately that’s not always the situation. When this happens, as the Oregon Child Support Program, the Oregon Department of Justice and local District Attorneys are forced to take legal action. The Child Support Program has tools available to enforce child support and medical support orders. These may include:
- collecting federal or state tax refunds and other types of federal payments to pay past-due support.
- Due to recent increases in the reversal of previously paid tax refund payments, the Oregon DOJ Division of Child Support has expanded our six-month hold process to include all federal or state tax payments received on behalf of a parent who pays support and who filed a joint tax return. Learn more about Holding Tax Payments.
- placing a lien against property owned by the parent if that property is in Oregon. This means the property cannot be sold with a clear title until the past-due support has been paid.
- garnishing sources of income such as lottery winnings, insurance settlements, or inheritance. Bank accounts and other sources of funds can be garnished unless child support payments are already being withheld from these sources.
- suspending driver’s, occupational, and recreational licenses.
- suspending a U.S. passport.
- reporting the names of parents who owe a certain amount of support to credit reporting agencies.
- placing a parent under contempt of court for failure to pay child support or to force them to pay in the future. The circuit court judge may also impose a jail sentence.
Supporting Parents to Support Their Children
It is the goal of the Oregon Child Support Program to support parents to support their children. We take enforcement actions as a last resort to make sure that parents who are able take responsibility for the well-being of their children.