A show cause hearing in a custody / child support case resulted in a judgment in my favor. The child is now of age, so any obligations have ended. The out-of-state custodian parent was now ordered to pay for expenses she was responsible for but had refused to reimburse me for. The judgment has been recorded, the notice of entry sent. If there are no appeals and the judgment becomes final, will the judgment automatically appear on the other parents credit report or do the credit bureaus need to be informed? What is the easiest way to collect?
Typically the individual Credit Reporting Bureaus conduct their own investigations as to public records which include judgments being entered against an individual. Those judgments and liens then are automatically included in the Credit Reports of the Judgment Debtor. So there is really nothing you need to do at this point, it is most likely already appearing on the parent's credit. The easiest way to collect is to either seize the funds from her bank account if you have that information, or to garnish wages. But, such efforts are not for the faint at heart, you should consult with a Collections Attorney to review the case to determine whether or not there is a provision within the law or the Judgment that allows you to augment the amount owed by collection costs and Attorneys fees. Likewise, you want to follow the advice of a collection professional because you don't want to give any advance notice to the Judgment Debtor or else they will take defense action by withdrawing all the money from the bank account, etc. Best of Luck to you.
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The easiest way to collect is to hire a competent collections attorney that is a professional in the art of collections. Some people are easier to collect from then others. For those difficult cases a good collection attorney would be well worth the fee you pay.
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