Welcome to the Child Support Lien Network

What Happens Next?

  1. A collection specialist from Illinois' Collection and Asset Recovery Unit (CARU) may contact you by faxing a "Notice of Lien". The name and phone number of the collection specialist will be included in the "Notice of Lien".

  2. Your company should hold the funds until you receive a "Surrender Notice" or a "Discharge Notice".

  3. CARU will also send the "Notice of Lien" to the non-custodial parent (ncp) to provide him/her with due process. Illinois law provides for a 15 day period during which the ncp may request an administrative hearing to contest the State's action.

  4. After this 15 day period has passed or after a hearing decision has been rendered, you will be sent by fax either a "Surrender Notice" or a "Discharge Notice". The "Surrender Notice" will provide the amount due and instructions on how and where to remit payment.

All states have new administrative lien and subpoena powers enacted into law by the U.S. Congress in 1996. State Child Support Agencies can issue subpoenas administratively to any person, business, or entity to determine assets and to access personal information belonging to persons who owe child support. States can issue liens and levies administratively against the assets of delinquent parents in order to collect past due child support. In addition, Congress required all states to pass legislation that recognizes each state's administrative authority and powers across state lines. Thus, the States belonging to the Child Support Lien Network are operating under new law in order to discover insurance claim data.