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Enforcement of a child support order

There are several ways in which a child support order can be enforced. Attorney Kathleen Reiley can help you obtain a child support order, change a child supprot order, or enforce an existing child support order.

Tax Withholding

Under Wisconsin law, an individual tax refund can be taken by the state child support agency and applied to past support obligations (called arrears). If no arrears are owed, then the state should not withhold a tax refund.

Income Withholding

In most instances, child support is withheld from the paying party's income and sent directly to the state of Wisconsin's child support agency.

Tax intercept program

The Bureau of Child Support informs the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the state Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) of arrearages. The IRS and DOR then withhold the amount from the obligated parent's refund and may take the entire refund.

A spouse who is entitled to a refund and married to a person who has child support arrears can file a special relief form called "an innocent spouse claim" to avoid having his or her refund claimed by the revenue department for arrears. This is a complicated area and you should consult with your tax preparer.

In order for the parent who is owed child support arrearages to benefit from the tax intercept program, the person owing the arrearages must first file a tax return and also be due a refund.

Failure To Pay Support

You may consult with the child support agency or contact your family law attorney when there has been a failure of the payor to pay support as ordered.


KIDS is a Wisconsin state government agency charged with the duty to manage child support payments and disbursements under child support orders. To review the types of services available from Wisconsin's KIDS agency, please refer to their site at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/bcs/. If you need help beyond KIDS's services, please contact Attorney Reiley.

Whether you need to have an order put into effect or enforce an existing child support order, Attorney Kathleen Reiley can help. Please call her at 608.246.8309 or e-mail her to set up a confidential appointment.

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Child support | Wisconsin Support Laws
Wisconsin Child Support Agencies
Attorney Kathleen Reiley

Wisconsin State Licensed Attorney:

Attorney Kathleen (Kathy) Reiley exclusively practices law in the state of Wisconsin.

Practice Focus on Divorce and Family Law:

Attorney Reiley focuses her law practice in the area of family law, handling legal separation, Divorce, cohabitation, same sex marriages and divorces, child custody, legal custody, physical placement of minor children, child support, spousal support, paternity, marital property issues, and guardianships.

Divorce Trial Litigation and Divorce Mediation:

With more than thirty years of experience in family law, Attorney Reiley has also participated in the Dane County Bar Association Mediation Project since its inception. Attorney Reiley offers mediation services and divorce mediation, as well as collaborative divorce, cooperative divorce, contested divorce, litigated trial divorce, stipulated divorce, uncontested divorce, divorce of elderly spouses, spousal support (alimony), extensive real estate matters involved in divorce, post divorce modifications and actions, and child support modifications.


Kathleen Reiley, SC
Reiley Law Offices
7161 N Port Washington Road, Suite B
Milwaukee (Glendale), Wisconsin 53217
Telephone: (414) 369-6309
Website: ReileyLaw.com

Regular Business Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Geographic Focus:

Attorney Reiley most frequently represents people in Sheboygan, Washington, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Milwaukee County, Wisconsin


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Kathleen Reiley, S.C.
7161 North Port Washington Road, Suite B
Milwaukee (Glendale), Wisconsin, 53217

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 170364
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53217

Located in North Milwaukee in the Glendale community.
Attorney Reiley's practice reaches across Milwaukee County and into surrounding Jefferson, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha counties.