Enforcement

Enforcement

Enforcement of
Support Orders

The ultimate goal of our dedicated child support specialists is to ensure that your child(ren) receive their court ordered support. Our highly skilled staff are trained to utilizing various Federal, State and Tribal collection tools. The most effective tool is one-on-one contact with the non-custodial parent to assert the importance of their monthly obligation to their child(ren). 

Other methods could include payroll garnishments, Federal and State tax interceptions and liens placed on bank accounts. TCSS is also aware of the hardships that burden a family when the non-custodial parent is either a job hopper or has difficulty in locating a job to where the monthly child support obligation is not being met. A successful program that TCSS has developed and initiated is called Supervised Tribal Enforcement Payment Program (STEPP). This program is designed to supervise and monitor the NCP's attempts and progress at locating employment. Non-custodial parents who are unemployed, or even employed at the time, but are currently not meeting their monthly child support obligations and have pled guilty to a contempt charge or have been found guilty by the court, may be ordered into the program. This recommendation is by the STEPP officer and child support attorney. Placement into the program would suspend the incarceration period pending the participant's compliance with the program. Participation in STEPP does not reduce, or eliminate the NCP's child support obligation for past or present support. Compliance with the program is the sole responsibility of the NCP. 

By offering the NCP an opportunity to participate in STEPP, we are providing them a "step" in the right direction toward realizing their financial responsibilities to their child(ren).

ENFORCING A SUPPORT ORDER

Establishing a child support order does not guarantee the non-custodial parent will pay the support as ordered. There may be times when the non-custodial parent makes partial payments, skips payments, or never makes a payment. TCSS identifies these cases and utilizes several enforcement tools to get the non-custodial parent to pay the support as ordered. The ultimate goal of our dedicated child support specialists is to ensure that your child(ren) receive their court ordered support. Our highly skilled staff is trained to utilizing various Federal, State and Tribal collection tools.