The court can issue a money judgment. This is a court order saying how much your husband owes. The amount will build up interest at 9% per year until he pays it off. You can also use the money judgment to seize, or take, his assets or to put liens on property he owns. If the court finds that he willfully violated the support order, he could be put on probation or in jail for up to six months. Willfully violating means not following the order on purpose.
The court can also order child support to be paid through the Office of Child Support Services (OCSS). OCSS, which is sometimes called the Support Collection Unit (SCU), is the government agency that collects child support. OCSS can also take actions against your husband for not paying child support. For example, OCSS can:
• Take the child support directly from his paycheck;
• Take his state or federal tax refund before he gets it;
• Suspend his driver’s license or professional licenses;
• Freeze his bank account and take money from it;
• Prevent him from getting a new passport or renewing his passport if it expires; and
• Report him to credit bureaus, which can affect his credit score.
Call the New York Child Support Helpline at 1-888-208-4485 to learn more about OCSS services.