Failure to pay support as ordered by the Court, will result in any and all of the following enforcement activities by the Washington County Domestic Relations Section: If a payment is missed on a case, a Notice of Non-Compliance letter may be sent; or an Enforcement Conference will be scheduled with the Enforcement Officer. If the defendant fails to appear for this conference or fails to reach or abide by any agreement entered into at the conference, then contempt proceedings will be initiated against them.
When a contempt petition is filed, the noncustodial parent is ordered to appear before a Conference Officer or Hearing Officer. If the noncustodial parent is ordered to appear for contempt, prompt arrival is expected. Failure to appear will result in a bench warrant issued for their arrest. If a bench warrant is issued and the noncustodial parent is arrested, they will be scheduled for hearing in front of the Judge via video.
The Judge may order the noncustodial parent to pay money and/or taken certain actions in order to be released from jail. This is called setting a purge condition; failure to meet these conditions may result in continued confinement in the county correctional facility up to six months for each charge of civil contempt. Once the purge conditions are met, the judge will sign a release order provided that there is no other reason for confinement.
Noncustodial Parent Check-ups
If a noncustodial parent is jailed, they may be granted work release if they have proof of employment and work hours. This is subject to verification by the county jail authorities.
At the same time any and all of the following may occur:
- Arrears payment will be increased
- Contempt proceedings
- Credit bureau reporting
- Denial of passport issuance or renewal
- Interception of lottery and casino winnings
- Lien against properties
- Publication of the noncustodial parent's name in the newspaper
- Seizure of checking accounts
- Seizure of federal tax refund
- Seizure of individual retirement accounts
- Seizure of other financial assets
- Seizure of savings accounts
- Seizure of state tax refund
- Suspension of driver's license
- Suspension of occupational license
- Suspension of professional license
- Suspension of recreational license (hunting and fishing)