My divorce decree provides me for child support until the age of emancipation (23) or until the child is no longer a dependent. My ex is currently in arrears in excessive of $2000 including dependent medical bills and the child support will end in Feb 2015. I am concerned he is simply waiting for Feb and then claiming he no longer owes me anything. I want to garnish his wages but I only have his SSN and a PO box in RI. How can I collect the money he owes me?
You need to apply for Child Support Services with Child Support Enforcement Unit of Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The Child Support Enforcement Unit would be able to intercept his tax refunds or find his employer to garnish his wages. Also, Child Support Enforcement Unit would keep track of his arrears and impose fines and penalties on the amount in arrears. For more information, click on the link below:
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The decree has to be enforced in RI if s/he lives there. In order to do this you need to domesticate it as a foreign decree or judgment, and then commence collection efforts.
RI may have Title VII style enforcement procedures.
Click on "Find a Lawyer" above and locate an attorney in RI that handles child support collection.
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Depending on the court order there may be several different ways to enforce court orders. One of the most common remedies is by filing a contempt action to seek compliance with the court orders. In order to successfully use a contempt remedy, you must be able to prove a clear court order and a clear violation. I would suggest having the Department of Revenue assist in enforcing child support - i.e. DOR is authorized to enforce the collection of current and past-due support by use of administrative remedies.
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