Nebraska Child Support Laws

Learn The Techniques to Enforce Nebraska Child Support

Enforcing Nebraska Child Support laws
Nebraska’s child support agency can utilize a number of enforcement techniques to enforce a court order for child support. These techniques include income withholding, credit bureau reporting, license denial or suspension, intercepting tax refunds, property liens, garnishing bank accounts, and enforcement through the courts.

Income Withholding: Income withholding is the most common method for collecting child support. The payment is directly withheld from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck and sent to the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center. Nebraska child support permit the withholding of almost any type of income such as salaries, unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation benefits, investment funds, and retirement plans.

Consumer Credit Bureau Reporting: Nebraska’s child support agency will report a parent that owes a considerable amount of past due child support payments to the consumer credit bureaus that track credit records. This will affect the debtor’s efforts to get a loan or a new credit card.

License Denial or Suspension: As of 1997, Nebraska child support and agencys can work in cooperation with other agencies to ensure that a non-custodial parent who is in arrears for child support payments has certain licenses denied or revoked. These include driver’s licenses, recreational licenses, passports, and professional licenses.

Intercepting Tax Refunds: If a non-custodial parent owes past-due child support of at least 150 dollars, Nebraska child support laws can request that any of the debtor’s state and/or federal tax refunds and federal payments be sent directly to Child Support Enforcement instead of to the obligor. The amount intercepted will be no more than the amount of delinquent support owed. Any amount above what is owed will be returned to the non-custodial parent.

Liens And Garnishments: According to the child support laws, the child support agency can place a lien on the non-custodial parent’s real property, such as his or her house. This lien will prevent the debtor from selling the property until all the past due child support is paid. Also, the child support agency can take the obligor's property and sell it to pay for child support payments that are in arrears. The agency can also obtain child support payments by garnishing a non-custodial parent’s bank accounts or investments.

In severe cases, when other methods are not working, the child support agency may ask the courts to step in and force the debtor to post bond agreeing to pay a certain amount on time in the future. If a non-custodial parent is very uncooperative, he or she may be found in contempt of court, resulting in possible jail time.

Calculating Nebraska Child Support
A court order for child support will set the amount of child support payments to be paid each month based on the Nebraska Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines are determined by the Nebraska Supreme Court. You can review these guidelines online at the website listed below.

For More Information About Nebraska Child Support

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Child Support Enforcement
P.O. Box 94728
Lincoln, NE 68509-4728
Phone: (402) 441-8715, 1-877-631-9973 (toll-free)

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