A child support order is a court order and will be enforced by a court.  There are a number of different enforcement measures in Colorado to be taken in order to collect child support. A party can use Child Support Enforcement to recover child support.  A party may also file a Verified Entry of Support with the court to show that the other party has not complied with the support order.  The court will then file a Support Judgement that gives the power to garnish the opposing party's wages and/or bank accounts. In addition, a party could file a Motion for Contempt with the court.  The court will set up a contempt hearing to take evidence on payment or non-payment of child support.

The court has broad powers to impose penalties if a party is not paying child support. Parents who fail to pay child support may face penalties, such as:

  • Income assignments against employment wages;
  • Wage attachments on unemployment, workers compensation, and disability benefits;
  • Suspension of driver's license;
  • Federal and State income tax refund deferment;
  • Lottery winnings intercept;
  • Contempt of court charges;
  • Writ of garnishments;
  • Liens on real and personal property;
  • Denial of passport application;
  • Professional occupational license suspension;
  • Federal prosecution; and
  • Incarceration.

Divorce Matters® is a Denver Colorado divorce attorney law firm. We provide information and services including the divorce process through the courts, division of marital property, assets as well as debts and parental rights regarding biological and adopted children.

Our highly-accomplished divorce and family law attorneys practice throughout Colorado, including:
Adams County (Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Thornton, Westminster); Arapahoe County (Aurora, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Littleton); Boulder County; Broomfield County; Denver County; Douglas County (Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker); Elbert County (Elizabeth, Kiowa); and Jefferson County (Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Morrison, Wheat Ridge).


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