How to Enforce Child Support Obligations In Colorado?
If some deadbeat is refusing to pay you past due child support payments leaving you and your child(ren) to scrape by, know that you have the power. Maybe you resigned yourself to the likelihood of them never paying a cent to raise your child(ren) — that your case is only a folder collecting dust.
But when it comes to the law, it's all about knowing what, how, where, and to whom. The good news is, DoNotPay automates the wheels of justice so they don't turn so slowly. Our Child Support Payment product will have you collecting your much-needed Colorado child support in no time.
Child Support Debt Has Reached Epidemic Proportions in the U.S.
In November 2021, CNN Business revealed that child support debt had exceeded $100 billion. Nearly $50 billion of that is owed to American taxpayers whose money supported single-parent families living on public assistance. The report pointed out that over 80% of custodial parents are single mothers, all of which are outside of an economic lifeline. For mothers living from check to check, payments from child support typically represent 45% of their overall income.
Noncustodial parents (mostly men) are a significant factor behind why 41% of single-parent households headed by women are below the poverty level. To put that into perspective, that's twice the average for single-parent households headed by single men — five times that for two-parent households.
Ways of Pursuing Late Child Support Payment on Your Own
DoNotPay fights for the rights of everyone, no matter who they are or where they are in life. For that reason, we've provided ways of persuading someone who owes delinquent child support to finally pay up. However, it should be noted that these solutions are purely situational and not guaranteed to always work.
1. Denying the Issuance or Renewal of a Passport
State and local agencies enact their regulations concerning child support oversight, while the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) helps in a limited capacity to enforce payment. One example of how DHHS compels debtors to pay late child support is by working with the U.S. Department of State to issue a denial of passport issuance or renewal.
2. Inform DHHS of Income Sources the Debtor Has Possibly Concealed
Another common method is to request that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) withhold tax refunds until the child support debt is paid in full. Other methods employed by DHHS to collect past due child support include but are not limited to:
- Garnishment of lottery winnings.
- Garnishment of settlements awarded in a civil case.
- Garnishment of supplemental security income benefits.
- Garnishment of veteran's benefits.
- Garnishment of unemployment benefits.
- Garnishment of an estate.
- Income from virtually any source is likely to be vulnerable to garnishment if DHHS finds out about it.
3. Were You Aware of the Child Tax Credit (CTC)?
There has been a lot of hyperbolic rhetoric circulating the internet concerning the permanent expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) proposed in the American Family Act. Those generally opposed to the Biden administration have suggested that CTC will hinder the child-support enforcement system. Naturally, this has some struggling parents concerned about the back child support owed them. However, this is not the case, especially for any parent living with a minor who applies for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
DoNotPay Removes the Need to Play Private Eye
If your relationship with the debtor is strained in such a way that you don't readily know the information listed above, you may feel obligated to play private detective. Even if done without violating the law or their rights, it's likely to exacerbate an already strenuous situation. The goal of each parent, no matter why things didn't work out, should be to eventually raise their children amicably.
This is how DoNotPay wishes to help you collect your Colorado child support — straightforward and to the point. This is how you get it done:
- Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.
- Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made, the number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.
- Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.
And that's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter on your behalf. If you don't hear back or see the payment within 2 weeks of delivery, you can escalate the case to court.
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