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What is a lien?
A lien is a claim upon property to prevent the sale or transfer of that property until a debt is satisfied. The property guarantees payment in the event that you fail to make the required payments.

Why was a lien placed on my bank account?
The bank lien and levy is issued based upon the existence of a child support arrears balance. The lien can be placed regardless of whether you are paying your monthly support payment or not. This is true even if you are paying an additional payment towards the arrears balance.

How long will the “freeze” be in effect on my account?
The “freeze” will last for 30 calendar days from the date of the lien.

What if the balance listed on the lien is not correct?
You must contact the county Child Support Enforcement Unit that manages your case.

What if the balance listed on the lien is more than the balance of my account?
The amount deducted from your bank account will be up to the amount listed on the lien, but will not exceed the balance of your account.

Can I be reimbursed for the fees the bank charges me?
No. There is no provision for the state to refund the fees charged by the bank.

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