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What are the child support enforcement laws in New York?

Many non-custodial parents in New York have in the recent times tried to evade paying court-ordered child support. Such evasive and delinquent financial behavior can lead to the children of the non-custodial parent living in poverty along with the custodial parent. New York authorities have taken strident steps to ensure such behavior is prohibited and therefore avoided.

If a custodial parent claims that the non-custodial parent has not paid child support, a procedure may be initiated to investigate the allegation and collect delinquent child support payments. A non-custodial parent is first sent a notice regarding arrears in child support payments. This notice may be sent before any legal or administrative procedure may be initiated by the court system.

If the non-custodial parent cannot refute the charge or is unable to pay the requisite amount of support due to unemployment or adverse financial situations, such information needs to be communicated to the department issuing the notice.

New York authorities have devised various innovative and effective procedures to collect any arrears in child support payments. Reporting agencies for consumer credit agencies may obtain a list of delinquent non-custodial parents, causing the non-custodial parent to perhaps face long-term financial duress due to events which may negatively affect a parent's credit rating and ability to obtain financial help when needed.

New York laws allow lottery winnings to be intercepted by authorities in order to pay delinquent child support. A non-custodial parent may have a driving license suspended or property seized by state authorities, if the situation warrants such dire actions. It is thus in everyone's best interest to pay child support obligations on time.

Source: ChildSupport.NY.gov, "Support enforcement," Accessed on Jan. 15, 2015

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