The collection of child support has become even more difficult during the last years of general economic hardship. But government, State and Federal, wants payment to be made and has provided a large amount of help. If a parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures to collect regular and past-due payments.
Prior to 2006, there was a three year statute of limitations for collecting on a judgment for child support arrears. The statute of limitations for collection of child support was eliminated in 2006. The following are some of the enforcement measures for collecting past due child support.
• Passport Restrictions: Passport applications may be denied by the U.S. State Department. Presently, Federal law prohibits the issuance or renewal of a U.S. passport to anyone with child support arrears of $2,500.00 or more and allows the government to revoke or limit previously issued passports to such individuals.
• Driver’s License Suspension: A valid, active Arizona license may be suspended if a parent willfully fails to pay child support for six months or more. This means the parent cannot be issued a new license or renew an existing license until the past due child support is paid in full or a satisfactory payment agreement has been reached.
• Suspension of Professional or Occupational License: A parent can also have his or her professional license or occupational license revoked or suspended if the parent deliberately has not paid child support for over six months.