Maryland Child Support Enforcement

Maryland Child Support Enforcement
In the state of Maryland, child support enforcement plays a major role when collecting past due child support payments. When the non-custodial parent refuses to abide by the child support laws and not pay, the Child Support Enforcement office will withhold wages, intercept federal and state tax refunds, report the non-custodial parents to the credit bureaus, intercept lottery winnings, and many other penalties to get them to pay.

Withholding Wages
When a non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support, the Maryland Child Support Enforcement office will inform the non-custodial parent’s employer to have their wages garnished. If the non-custodial parent is unemployed and s receiving benefits, these benefits can also be garnished to pay any past due child support.

Intercepting tax returns
Anytime a non-custodial parent is behind on child support payments, the Child Support Enforcement office will intercept the Federal and State income tax refund checks that the parents were going to collect. Arrears must be paid to the state first if the parent receives and Federal income tax.

Credit Bureaus
Any non-custodial parent who wishes not to have their credit score damage must pay child support. The MD Child Support Enforcement office will report any past due child support to the credit bureaus, thus showing on their credit report.

Lottery Winnings
Lottery winnings that are won in the state of Maryland will be intercepted to pay any child support arrears until they are current.

Driver’s License
Driver’s license can be suspended if the non-custodial parent falls behind or refuses to pay child support. The MD Child Support Enforcement office will refer any parent who chooses not to pay child support to the Motor Vehicle Administration to have their license suspended.

A non-custodial parent can face contempt of court and maybe forced to do jail time. This will occur if the parents do not comply with the court orders to pay child support.

Child Support Enforcement laws are enforced only when parents avoid paying child support. This system is to provide assistance for the custodial parents and their children.

Contacting Maryland Child Support Enforcement

Contact by U.S. Mail:
Child Support Enforcement Administration
311 W. Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Send Child Support Payments to:
Maryland Child Support Account
P.O. Box 17396
Baltimore, Maryland 21297-1396


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