This week Washington County decided that they will carry out a child support enforcement program in 2013.
The new enforcement program will bring together the sheriff’s office, the Community Services Department, and the county attorney in a collected effort to assist families in collecting the child support they are owed.
This year Washington County was able to collect $26 million in child support, helping 7,035 families in need. With the 2013 enforcement program, the county hopes to increase these numbers.
If an ex fails to pay court-ordered child support, they can face serious penalties including:
- Jail time
- Setting up an automatic monthly paycheck deduction
- Drivers’ license revocation
However, if they county does not have enough resources, these penalties can and often do go unenforced. This new Washington County enforcement program aims to enforce these penalties if an ex fails to pay their required child support.