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How is child support enforced in Kentucky?

As a divorced parent in Kentucky, you may have been awarded child support to help you provide and care for your child. If your child’s other parent fails to follow through with his or her obligation, you likely understand the challenges that this may present for you and your child. However, there are a number of options available to the state for the enforcement of these orders. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the state’s child support office is able to take enforcement action against noncustodial parents who owe at least the equivalent to one month’s payment amount.

Income withholding is a method commonly employed by the state to ensure that parents stay current on their child support payments. Through an income withholding order, the employers of noncustodial parents may be ordered to hold back a certain amount from their paychecks. In addition to withholding wages and salaries, the state’s child support office is also permitted to take funds from people’s unemployment, workers’ compensation, veterans’ retirement, job retirement, or Social Security retirement or disability benefits.

In addition to withholding income, the state is also able to intercept income from those parents who fall behind on their child support obligations. They may take all or a portion of people’s tax refunds, lottery winnings and insurance settlements. Additionally, the child support office is also able to collect child support arrears from noncustodial parents’ bank accounts.

Another method commonly employed by the state of Kentucky to enforce child support orders are license revocations and denials. When parents fall behind on their child support payments, they may have their driver’s licenses revoked until they have caught up or made other payment arrangements. Furthermore, they may also have their recreational or professional licenses revoked. This includes hunting, fishing, medical practice and construction licenses.

When parents willfully neglect to make their child support payments, the state may choose to take court action. Since child support awards are court-ordered, people who do not follow through with their obligations may be found in contempt of the court. As a result, they may be ordered to pay, sentenced to jail or face other legal penalties.

This post has provided an overview of child support enforcement in Kentucky. It is important to remember, however, that the circumstances of each case often differ. Therefore, you should take this as general information and not as legal advice.

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