Just because a court orders child support, it does not mean the other party will pay. The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 was put in place to allow district attorneys to help collect court-ordered child support from a parent who does not pay. The process typically begins with the DA sending the party at fault papers, requiring them to meet and discuss payment arrangements. If they still will not pay, the district attorney can withhold federal tax refunds, garnish wages, seize property, or revoke their driver’s license. In some cases, the U.S. Department of State can also deny a passport to someone that owes more than $2,500 in child support. If the parent still refuses to pay even after these measures are enacted, the court can hold the parent in contempt of court and impose a jail sentence. This method is typically only used in extreme circumstances.