According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “a main objective of the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Program is to make sure that child support payments are made regularly and in the correct amount.” “The anxiety the custodial parent feels when payments are not regular can easily disrupt the family's life.” Id.
Various jurisdictions across the United States have employed creative methods of enforcement in order to remedy the problems of child support enforcement and collection. A few jurisdictions have developed innovative strategies for penalizing non-payors of child support, perhaps even to incite public embarrassment. However, some jurisdictions remain relatively traditional in penalizing the support-deficient. For example, in Virginia, a non-compliant, support-deficient parent may be subjected to any of the following traditional penalties for failure to comply with his or her child support obligation: