Under state law , Child Support
(CS) must maintain a child support Lien Registry. The Lien
Registry is a list of obligors who owe past-due child support that is
being enforced by CS. The Lien Registry is a public site that may be
searched by anyone at any time. The Lien Registry is updated weekly,
usually on Wednesday night.
Some obligors who are listed on the Lien Registry are making
regular payments to reduce the past-due support; even so, if an obligor
owes any amount of past-due support that is being , the obligor will
appear on the Lien Registry. (Some child support cases in North Dakota
are ; the obligors in
these cases will not appear on the Lien Registry.)
In general, for an obligor who is listed on the Lien Registry,
any real or titled personal property that the obligor has or later
acquires in North Dakota is subject to a lien. The obligor's homestead
or other property that is absolutely exempt under state law is not
subject to a lien. The lien record on the Lien Registry does not
identify a specific piece of property to which a lien applies.
In general, a lien is effective on the date the obligor is first
listed on the Lien Registry. Some obligors may have docketed child
support judgments against them that were entered before the Lien
Registry was implemented (March 1, 2012). The docketed judgment amount
might be included in the "child support arrears" amount on the
lien record but the docketed judgment date is not shown.
Child support liens do not expire. An obligor will only be
removed from the Lien Registry when the past-due support that is being
enforced by CS is paid in full. To pay by check or money order, for the payoff amount. To help assure proper crediting of the
payment, please print and complete this transmittal and send it, with
the payment, to the address on the . To pay by credit or
debit card, for the payoff amount
and instructions and refer to the information on this Web site.