A Liability Order is an order granted by the court which legalises a debt. Once granted, CMS are entitled to take enforcement action to recover the outstanding arrears.
Often the first option will be to refer the debt to a Bailiff, who will make contact with the Paying Parent to discuss a repayment plan. Negotiations can take place, but any agreement must be reasonable against the overall debt.
If a Paying Parent fails to communicate with the bailiff, a visit is likely to take place - and bailiff fees will be charged;
- £75 compliance fee - imposed at referral to the bailiff
- £235 visit fee - for debt upto £1500
- 7.5% of debt - visit fee - for debt above £1500
These fees will be enforceable alongside any child support debt.
Once a bailiff has visited a property, they are entitled to remove goods with a view to raising funds against the debt.
If bailiffs have been in contact, or you need more information about bailiff enforcement please join now, and speak to our team.