Enforcement and Collection of Payments
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How does child support collect financial support?
Child Support uses a number of remedies to collect current and past due financial support.
Some of these remedies are: wage garnishments, credit bureau reporting, drivers license suspension, professional license suspension, recreational license suspension, intercepts, garnishment of workers compensation, garnishment of unemployment compensation benefits and lottery intercepts.
For additional information regarding enforcement remedies, please visit the state of Colorado's Web page on enforcement remedies.
How much can you expect to receive?
If you've never received Public Assistance (cash benefit from the county), or are not currently receiving public assistance, you're eligible to receive the amount of the court-ordered payment immediately upon collection.
Once your payment is collected, your current and past due child support will be mailed to you promptly. Other benefits such as Medicaid, Food Stamps and Child Care Assistance are not considered cash assistance for the purposes of child support enforcement.
The amount of current support is set by court order. You cannot change this amount unless there is a modified order. Child Support staff will negotiate the payment of the past debt (arrears payment) with the non-custodial parent.
Are you currently receiving Public Assistance?
Your current and past due child support will be retained by the child support program.
The amount of current support is set by court order and child support staff cannot change this amount unless there is a modified order. Child support staff will negotiate the debt that is owed to the state with the non-custodial parent. Once you discontinue Public Assistance, your child support, upon collection, will be promptly mailed to you.
Processing Fee for Intercepts
Please note that if an intercept occurs, the Child Support Program will deduct a $25.00 fee.
On joint returns, your money may take up to six months before it is disbursed to you. Jefferson County will not pay interest on money that is held.
In Cases Where Payments Were Made to You in Error
You will be liable for the return of child support disbursed to you in error. If unfunded disbursements (disbursements sent in error) occur, recovery will be automatically withheld from each future payment at the rate of 10% or $10.00, whichever is greater.
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Last Modified: Sep 7, 2011 03:21 PM