If you fall behind in making support payments, FRO has the legal authority and responsibility to take enforcement action. This may include filing a writ of seizure and sale against assets you own, such asa home, land, a car, or a boat.
A writ of seizure and sale is a document the court issues to help collect money that is owed.
We file writs with the sheriff in the jurisdiction where a support payor owns assets. If the support payor attempts to sell or refinance real property, the writ will require the support payor to use any profit to pay the support arrears.
Writs stay in effect until they are withdrawn or until the arrears are paid in full.
Yes. The best way to avoid this is to pay the support you owe in full and on time each month.
Your other options are to:
Before the sheriff can seize assets, we must confirm that the payor owns them. After this we’ll consider:
No. While writs ensure profits from the sale of assets are used to pay off the owners’ debts, support arrears are only one type of debt. Support arrears have a priority over other unsecured debts (such as credit card debt), but secured debts (like mortgages) come first. If there is money left after secured debts are paid, it may go to pay support arrears.
Court rules require that the name on the writ be the same as the name on the support order.
If the payor is using a name that is different from the one listed on the support order, the payor and the support recipient must notify us to update the writ.
We will notify the sheriff of the name change and request that the writ include all names and aliases, including spelling variations. This will ensure that the writ reflects the new name and will be found when the payor is selling or refinancing a property.