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Maine What Happens Next?

  1. A Maine Support Enforcement Technician will contact you by forwarding a Support Lien. This places a lien on any property due to or belonging to the responsible parent.

    • The responsible parent is not sent a copy of the Lien.

    • Your company should hold the funds for disbursement.

    • Prior to disbursement, you must contact the Technician who sent you the lien. The Technician will release the Lien in writing if your claimant is compliant with the order of support.

    • If your claimant is not compliant, you will be served an Order to Withhold and Deliver.

  2. Maine law provides the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services may serve on any person an Order to Withhold and Deliver any property that is due or belongs to the responsible parent.

    • A person served with an Order to Withhold and Deliver shall answer the Order within 20 days of receipt of the Order. The Department provides the answer with the Order.

    • A person served with an Order to Withhold and Deliver shall withhold immediately any property due to or belonging to the responsible parent

    • After 20 days from the date of receipt of the Order to Withhold and Deliver and upon demand of the Commissioner, the property of the responsible parent must be delivered to the Commissioner.

    • The Order to Withhold and Deliver remains in effect until the amount of the debt in the stated in the Order has been withheld or the Department releases the Order.

    • When the Order to Withhold and Deliver is issued the Department sends a copy by regular mail to the responsible parent's last known address.

    • Within 30 days of receiving notice of the Order to Withhold and Deliver, the responsible parent has a right to request an administrative hearing allowing your claimant due process to contest the State's action with the State of Maine.

  1. If your claimant is compliant with the order of support at the time of disbursement, a Release of Lien will be sent to you.

  1. If you claimant is still not compliant with the order of support prior to disbursement, an Order to Withhold and Deliver will be served on you.

All states now have new administrative lien and subpoena powers originally authorized in law by the U.S. Congress in 1996. State Child Support agencies can now issue subpoenas administratively to any person, business or entity to access asset and personal information belonging to persons who owe child support. States can now also issue liens and levies administratively against the assets of these delinquent parents in order to collect past due support. In addition, Congress required that all states pass laws that recognize each state's administrative authority and powers across state lines. Thus, the States of Connecticut and Maine are using these new laws to ascertain such insurance claim data.

Contact Information

Note: The name and phone number of the Investigator handling the case will be included in the Notices you receive from Connecticut Bureau of Child Support Enforcement.

Maine Division of Support Enforcement and Recovery
Debra Danforth
Technician
Division of Support Enforcement and Recovery
(207) 624-4112

Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Support Enforcement and Recovery

11 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

Child Support Lien Network
www.childsupportliens.com
888-240-7488

 

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