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Riverside County Department of Child Support Services
Step 5: Enforce an Order

When the noncustodial parent does not pay the full amount of support, or does not pay at all, enforcement action is necessary. Our office strives to make sure that child support payments are regularly made and in the correct amount and that health insurance, if ordered, is provided for the child(ren).

The best method of enforcement is selected based on all the information in the case and includes property liens and the use of multiple statewide intercept programs.

We can seek a contempt citation in court if a noncustodial parent with the ability to pay willfully refuses to pay child support. This enforcement tool is generally used as a last resort when all other attempts to collect child support have failed.

  Understand the Process
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  red dot  Step 1: Open a Case
  red dot  Step 2: Locate
  red dot  Step 3: Establish Paternity
  red dot  Step 4: Establish Order
  red dot  Step 5: Enforce Order
Tree Image Wage Withholding
Tree Image Health Insurance
Tree Image Liens
Tree Image Statewide Intercept
  red dot  Step 6: Collect Support
  red dot  Step 7: Close a Case

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