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Enforcing orders

Most parents pay child support as ordered. But, when parents do not meet their obligations, child support offices enforce the support orders on full-service cases.

If you cannot pay your child support, contact your county child support worker right away to ask about modifying your order, setting up a payment agreement or other options to avoid enforcement actions.

Enforcement actions

Cases must meet certain criteria before the child support office takes enforcement action. Generally, child support policy allows enough time for you to get proper notice with options to pay the past due amount, called arrears, or to set up a payment agreement.

Some enforcement actions take time, and not all actions are appropriate for every case. The child support office and the county attorney review the case and the likelihood of success before taking some actions.

Actions may include:

License suspension

Tax refund offsets (intercepts)

Parents' rights and responsibilities

Appendix A is a court document attached to every child support order in Minnesota. It tells parents their rights and responsibilities under the law. More information about working with your child support office, reporting changes in your circumstances and other responsibilities is online.

Past due child support help

The child support office may be able to help you avoid or overcome problems paying child support. Contact your county child support worker for more information about help with arrears debt.

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