Child support orders are created to make sure children get the support they need. Unpaid child support does not go away. If child support is not paid, a balance will be created. The balance will continue to be due until it is paid in full. Interest may be added to this balance.
When a paying parent does not pay the full amount of a child support order or does not pay at all, the Child Support Services (CSS) Program will work to enforce the order. This may happen through court actions as well as administrative actions. Administrative actions are actions that can be taken without formal court proceedings.
It is important to pay your child support order on time and in full to make sure your child’s needs are met. Here’s what can happen when you don’t pay an order.
If you find that you are unable to pay the full amount of your child support order, please contact your local county child support office as soon as possible.
CSS is authorized by law to use enforcement remedies through income withholding, suspensions and denials, intercepts, credit reporting and judicial actions when a child support order is not being followed. Visit the Colorado State Statutes website to learn more about the specific legal authority related to these types of child support enforcement options.
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