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What does it mean when a person gets a letter from dshs saying " release of a lien"? for a child support order....

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got a letter in the mail stating the release of a lien in full, what does this mean? is this good or bad news?

it says dcs releases the lien in full does that mean i dont owe anything else to child support enforcement?

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Release of lien usually means they will no longer garnish or withhold income from you. You might want to check with your child support payment center to determine whether you have satisfied your arrears on child support. It may well mean that you have caught up.

This should not be considered legal advice, but rather simple information. You should consult a lawyer to review your unique situation. No client-lawyer relationship exists until you sign something indicating there is.


A lien may be put on a bank account or an asset if a support obligation is past due. Releasing that lien probably means that you have become current on support. Whether you still owe future support (including any spousal maintenance) will depend on the language of your orders.

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