49.856(1)(a) (a) "Agency" means the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5).
49.856(1)(b) (b) "Department" means the department of children and families.
49.856(1)(c) (c) "Obligor" means a person who owes a delinquent child support, family support or maintenance payment or who owes an outstanding amount that has been ordered by a court for past support, medical expenses or birth expenses and that delinquent payment or outstanding amount is specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b).
49.856(2) (2) If an obligor receives a judgment against another person or has settled a lawsuit against another person that provides for the payment of money, the department or agency may send a notice to any person who is ordered to pay the judgment, who has agreed to the settlement or who holds the amount of the judgment or settlement in trust. The notice shall inform the person that the amount of the judgment or settlement due the obligor is subject to a lien by the department for the payment of the delinquent payment or outstanding amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b). The notification shall include the name and address of the obligor and the total amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b). Upon receipt of a notification, the person receiving the notification shall withhold an amount equal to the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b) before making any payment under the judgment or pursuant to the settlement.
49.856(3) (3) When the department or agency notifies a person under sub. (2), the department or agency shall send a notice to the last-known address of the obligor. The notice shall do all of the following:
49.856(3)(a) (a) Inform the obligor that the department or agency notified the person who owes money to the obligor or who holds money in trust for the obligor under a judgment or pursuant to a settlement to withhold the amount that was specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b) from any lump sum payment that may be paid to the obligor as a result of the judgment or settlement.
49.856(3)(b) (b) Inform the obligor that he or she may request a hearing before the circuit court that rendered the order to pay support, maintenance, medical expenses or birth expenses within 20 business days after receipt of this notice. The request shall be in writing and the obligor shall mail or deliver a copy of the request to the agency.
49.856(3)(c) (c) Inform the obligor that if a hearing is requested under par. (b) the department or agency will not require the person withholding the amount to send the amount to that department or agency until a final decision is issued in response to the request for a hearing.
49.856(3)(d) (d) Request that the obligor inform the department or agency if a bankruptcy stay is in effect with respect to the obligor.
49.856(4) (4) If the obligor requests a hearing under sub. (3) (b), the circuit court shall schedule a hearing within 10 business days after receiving the request. The only issue at the hearing shall be whether the person owes the delinquent payment or outstanding amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b). A circuit court commissioner may conduct the hearing.
49.856(5) (5) Receipt of a notification by a person under sub. (2) shall constitute a lien, equal to the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), on any lump sum payment resulting from a judgment or settlement that may be due the obligor. The department or agency shall notify the person who received the notification under sub. (2) that the obligor has not requested a hearing or, if he or she has requested a hearing, of the results of that hearing, and of the responsibilities of the person who received the notification under sub. (2), including the requirement to submit the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b). Use of the procedures under this section does not prohibit the department or agency from attempting to recover the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b) through other legal means. The department or agency shall promptly notify any person who receives notification under sub. (2) if the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b) has been recovered by some other means and no longer must be withheld from the judgment or settlement under this section.
49.856(6) (6) After receipt of notification by a person under sub. (2) and before receipt of notice from the department under sub. (5) that the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b) has been otherwise recovered, no release of any judgment, claim or demand by the obligor shall be valid as against a lien created under sub. (5), and the person making any payment to the obligor to satisfy the judgment or settlement shall remain liable to the department for the amount of the lien.
49.856 History History: 1997 a. 191; 2001 a. 61; 2007 a. 20.
49.857 49.857 Administrative enforcement of support; denial, nonrenewal, restriction and suspension of licenses.
49.857(1)(1) In this section:
49.857(1)(a) (a) "Child support agency" means a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5).
49.857(1)(b) (b) "Credential" means a license, permit, certificate or registration that is granted under chs. 440 to 480.
49.857(1)(c) (c) "Credentialing board" means a board, examining board or affiliated credentialing board in the department of safety and professional services that grants a credential.
49.857(1)(cf) (cf) "Department" means the department of children and families.
49.857(1)(d) (d) "License" means any of the following:
49.857(1)(d)1. 1. A license issued under s. 13.63 or a registration issued under s. 13.64.
49.857(1)(d)2. 2. An approval specified in s. 29.024 (2g) or a license issued under ch. 169.
49.857(1)(d)2m. 2m. A fishing approval issued under s. 29.229.
49.857(1)(d)3. 3. A license issued under s. 48.66 (1) (a) or (b).
49.857(1)(d)4. 4. A certification, license, training permit, registration, approval or certificate issued under s. 49.45 (2) (a) 11., 252.23 (2), 252.24 (2), 254.176 (1) or (3) (a), 254.178 (2) (a), 254.20 (2), (3) or (4), 254.47 (1), 254.64 (1) (a) or (b), 254.71 (2), 255.08 (2), or 256.15 (5) (a) or (b), (6g) (a), or (8) (a).
49.857(1)(d)5. 5. A business tax registration certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50).
49.857(1)(d)6. 6. A license, registration, registration certificate or certification specified in s. 93.135 (1).
49.857(1)(d)7. 7. A license, permit or certificate of certification or registration specified in s. 101.02 (21) (a).
49.857(1)(d)8. 8. A license issued under s. 102.17 (1) (c), 104.07 or 105.05.
49.857(1)(d)10. 10. A certificate issued under s. 103.275, 103.34, 103.91, or 103.92.
49.857(1)(d)11. 11. A license or permit issued under chs. 115 and 118.
49.857(1)(d)12. 12. A license or certificate of registration issued under ss. 138.09, 138.12, 138.14, 217.06, 218.0101 to 218.0163, 218.02, 218.04, 218.05, 224.72, 224.725, 224.93 or subch. IV of ch. 551.
49.857(1)(d)13. 13. A permit issued under s. 170.12.
49.857(1)(d)14. 14. A certification under s. 165.85.
49.857(1)(d)14m. 14m. A registration issued under ss. 202.12 to 202.14 or 202.22.
49.857(1)(d)15. 15. A license, permit or registration issued under ss. 218.0101 to 218.0163, 218.11, 218.12, 218.22, 218.32, 218.41, 218.51, 341.51, 343.305 (6), 343.61 or 343.62.
49.857(1)(d)16. 16. A license, registration or certification specified in s. 299.08 (1) (a).
49.857(1)(d)17. 17. A license issued under ch. 343 or, with respect to restriction, limitation or suspension, an individual's operating privilege, as defined in s. 340.01 (40).
49.857(1)(d)18. 18. A credential.
49.857(1)(d)19. 19. A license issued under s. 563.24 or ch. 562.
49.857(1)(d)20. 20. A license issued under s. 628.04, 628.92 (1), 632.69 (2), or 633.14 or a temporary license issued under s. 628.09.
49.857(1)(d)21. 21. A license to practice law.
49.857(1)(e) (e) "Licensing agency" means a board, office or commissioner, department or division within a department that grants or issues a license, but does not include a credentialing board.
49.857(1)(em) (em) "Licensing authority" means the supreme court or the Lac du Flambeau band of the Lake Superior Chippewa.
49.857(1)(f) (f) "Subpoena or warrant" means a subpoena or warrant issued by the department or a child support agency and relating to paternity or support proceedings.
49.857(1)(g) (g) "Support" means child or family support, maintenance, birth expenses, medical expenses or other expenses related to the support of a child or former spouse.
49.857(2) (2)
49.857(2)(a)(a) The department shall establish a system, in accordance with federal law, under which a licensing authority is requested, and a licensing agency or credentialing board is required, to restrict, limit, suspend, withhold, deny, refuse to grant or issue, or refuse to renew or revalidate a license in a timely manner upon certification by and in cooperation with the department, if the individual holding or applying for the license is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support or fails to comply, after appropriate notice, with a subpoena or warrant.
49.857(2)(b) (b) Under the system, the department shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with a licensing authority, if the licensing authority agrees, and with a licensing agency. A memorandum of understanding under this paragraph shall address at least all of the following:
49.857(2)(b)1. 1. The circumstances under which the licensing authority or the licensing agency must restrict, limit, suspend, withhold, deny, refuse to grant or issue or refuse to renew or revalidate a license and guidelines for determining the appropriate action to take. The memorandum of understanding with the department of safety and professional services shall include the circumstances under which the department of safety and professional services shall direct a credentialing board to restrict, limit, suspend, withhold, deny or refuse to grant a credential and guidelines for determining the appropriate action to take. The guidelines under this subdivision for determining the appropriate action to take shall require the consideration of whether the action is likely to have an adverse effect on public health, safety or welfare or on the environment, and of whether the action is likely to adversely affect individuals other than the individual holding or applying for the license, such as employees of that individual.
49.857(2)(b)2. 2. Procedures that the department shall use for doing all of the following:
49.857(2)(b)2.a. a. Certifying to the licensing authority or licensing agency a delinquency in support or a failure to comply with a subpoena or warrant. The memorandum of understanding with the department of safety and professional services shall include procedures for the department of safety and professional services to notify a credentialing board that a certification of delinquency in support or failure to comply with a subpoena or warrant has been made by the department of children and families with respect to an individual who holds or applied for a credential granted by the credentialing board.
49.857(2)(b)2.b. b. Notifying an individual who is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support under sub. (3) (a).
49.857(2)(b)2.bg. bg. Notifying an individual who is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support and who fails to request a hearing under sub. (3) (am).
49.857(2)(b)2.br. br. Notifying an individual who fails to comply with a subpoena or warrant under sub. (3) (b).
49.857(2)(b)2.c. c. Notifying the licensing authority or licensing agency that an individual has paid delinquent support or made satisfactory alternative payment arrangements or satisfied the requirements under a subpoena or warrant. The memorandum of understanding with the department of safety and professional services shall include procedures for the department of safety and professional services to notify a credentialing board that an individual who holds or applied for a credential granted by the credentialing board has paid delinquent support or made satisfactory alternative payment arrangements or satisfied the requirements under a subpoena or warrant.
49.857(2)(b)3. 3. Procedures that the licensing authority or licensing agency shall use for doing all of the following:
49.857(2)(b)3.a. a. Restricting, limiting, suspending, withholding, denying, refusing to grant or issue or refusing to renew or revalidate a license. The memorandum of understanding with the department of safety and professional services shall include procedures for the department of safety and professional services to direct a credentialing board to restrict, limit, suspend, withhold, deny or refuse to grant a credential.
49.857(2)(b)3.b. b. Notifying an individual of action taken under sub. (3) (c) 2.
49.857(2)(b)3.c. c. Issuing or reinstating a license if the department of children and families notifies the licensing authority or licensing agency that an individual who was delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support has paid the delinquent support or made satisfactory alternative payment arrangements or that an individual who failed to comply with a subpoena or warrant has satisfied the requirements under the subpoena or warrant. The memorandum of understanding with the department of safety and professional services shall include procedures for the department of safety and professional services to direct a credentialing board to grant or reinstate a credential if the department of children and families notifies the department of safety and professional services that an individual who holds or applied for a credential granted by the credentialing board has paid the delinquent support or made satisfactory alternative payment arrangements or that an individual who failed to comply with a subpoena or warrant has satisfied the requirements under the subpoena or warrant.
49.857(2)(b)3.d. d. Issuing or reinstating a license after the maximum time has elapsed if an individual who was delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support does not pay the delinquent support or make satisfactory alternative payment arrangements and if an individual who failed to comply with a subpoena or warrant fails to satisfy the requirements under the subpoena or warrant.
49.857(2)(b)4. 4. Procedures for the use under the system of social security numbers obtained from license applications.
49.857(2)(b)5. 5. Procedures for safeguarding the confidentiality of information about an individual, including social security numbers obtained by the department, the licensing authority, the licensing agency, or a credentialing board.
49.857(2)(c)1.1. The system shall provide for adequate notice to an individual who is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support, an opportunity for the individual to make alternative arrangements for paying the delinquent support, an opportunity for the individual to request and obtain a hearing before a court or circuit court commissioner as provided in sub. (3) and prompt reinstatement of the individual's license upon payment of the delinquent support or upon making satisfactory alternative payment arrangements.
49.857(2)(c)2. 2. The system shall provide for adequate notice to an individual who fails to comply with a subpoena or warrant, an opportunity for the individual to satisfy the requirements under the subpoena or warrant and prompt reinstatement of the individual's license upon satisfaction of the requirements under the subpoena or warrant.
49.857(2)(d) (d) Notwithstanding pars. (b) 3. c. and (c), under the system a license may not be restricted, limited, suspended, withheld, denied or refused granting, issuing, renewing or revalidating for a delinquency in support for more than 5 years, or for a failure to comply with a subpoena or warrant for more than 6 months.
49.857(3) (3)
49.857(3)(a)(a) Before the department certifies to a licensing authority or a licensing agency under the system established under sub. (2) that an individual is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support, the department or a child support agency shall provide notice to the individual by regular mail. The notice shall inform the individual of all of the following:
49.857(3)(a)1. 1. That a certification of delinquency in paying support will be made to a licensing authority, a licensing agency or, with respect to a credential granted by a credentialing board, the department of safety and professional services.
49.857(3)(a)2. 2. When the certification under subd. 1. will occur.
49.857(3)(a)3. 3. That, upon certification, for a period of 5 years any license that the individual holds from any licensing agency or credentialing board, or from any licensing authority if the licensing authority agrees, will be restricted, limited, suspended or not renewed or revalidated, and any license for which the individual applies or has applied from any licensing agency or credentialing board, or from any licensing authority if the licensing authority agrees, will not be granted or issued. The notice shall inform the individual that he or she may be eligible for an occupational license under s. 343.10 if his or her operating privilege is suspended.
49.857(3)(a)4. 4. That the certification will not be made if the individual pays the delinquent amount in full or makes satisfactory alternative payment arrangements with the department or a child support agency. The notice shall inform the individual of how he or she may pay the delinquent amount or make satisfactory alternative payment arrangements.
49.857(3)(a)5. 5. That, within 20 business days after receiving the notice, the individual may request a hearing before the circuit court that rendered the order or judgment requiring the payments. The request shall be in writing and the individual shall mail or deliver a copy of the request to the child support agency.
49.857(3)(ac)1.1. If an individual timely requests a hearing under par. (a) 5., the court shall schedule a hearing within 10 business days after receiving the request. A circuit court commissioner may conduct the hearing. The only issues at the hearing shall be whether the individual is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support and whether any alternative payment arrangement offered by the department or the county child support agency is reasonable.
49.857(3)(ac)2. 2. If at a hearing under subd. 1. the court or circuit court commissioner finds that the individual does not owe delinquent support, or if within 20 business days after receiving a notice under par. (a) the individual pays the delinquent amount in full or makes satisfactory alternative payment arrangements, the department may not place the individual's name on a certification list.
49.857(3)(ac)3. 3. If at a hearing under subd. 1. the court or circuit court commissioner makes a written determination that alternative payment arrangements proposed by the department or a child support agency are not reasonable, the court or circuit court commissioner may order for the individual an alternative payment arrangement. If the court or circuit court commissioner orders an alternative payment arrangement, the department may not place the individual's name on a certification list.
49.857(3)(am) (am) If an individual, after receiving notice under par. (a), does not timely request a hearing or pay the delinquent amount of support or make satisfactory alternative payment arrangements, the department shall place the individual's name on a certification list. Thereafter, the department or a child support agency shall provide a 2nd notice to the individual by regular mail that informs the individual of all of the following:
49.857(3)(am)1. 1. That the individual's name has been placed on a certification list, which will be provided to a licensing authority, a licensing agency or, with respect to a credential granted by a credentialing board, the department of safety and professional services.
49.857(3)(am)2. 2. When the certification will be made.
49.857(3)(am)3. 3. That, upon certification, for a period of 5 years any license that the individual holds from any licensing agency or credentialing board, or from any licensing authority if the licensing authority agrees, will be restricted, limited, suspended or not renewed or revalidated, and any license for which the individual applies or has applied from any licensing agency or credentialing board, or from any licensing authority if the licensing authority agrees, will not be granted or issued.
49.857(3)(am)4. 4. That the certification will not be made if the individual pays the delinquent amount in full or makes satisfactory alternative payment arrangements with the department or a child support agency. The notice shall inform the individual of how he or she may pay the delinquent amount or make satisfactory alternative payment arrangements.
49.857(3)(am)5. 5. That, within 20 business days after receiving the notice, the individual may request a hearing before the circuit court that rendered the order or judgment requiring the payments. The request shall be in writing and the individual shall mail or deliver a copy of the request to the child support agency.
49.857(3)(ar)1.1. If an individual timely requests a hearing under par. (am) 5., the court shall schedule a hearing within 10 business days after receiving the request. A circuit court commissioner may conduct the hearing. The only issues at the hearing shall be whether the individual is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support and whether any alternative payment arrangement offered by the department or the county child support agency is reasonable.
49.857(3)(ar)2. 2. If at a hearing under subd. 1. the court or circuit court commissioner finds that the individual does not owe delinquent support, or if within 20 business days after receiving a notice under par. (am) the individual pays the delinquent amount in full or makes satisfactory alternative payment arrangements, the department shall remove the individual's name from the certification list.
49.857(3)(ar)3. 3. If at a hearing under subd. 1. the court or circuit court commissioner makes a written determination that alternative payment arrangements proposed by the department or a child support agency are not reasonable, the court or circuit court commissioner may order for the individual an alternative payment arrangement. If the court or circuit court commissioner orders an alternative payment arrangement, the department may not place the individual's name on a certification list.
49.857(3)(b) (b) Any subpoena or warrant shall include notice to the individual of the effect that a failure to comply with the subpoena or warrant may have on any license that the individual holds or for which the individual applies. If the individual fails to comply, before the department certifies to a licensing authority or a licensing agency under the system established under sub. (2) that an individual has failed to comply with a subpoena or warrant, the department or a child support agency shall provide notice to the individual by regular mail. The notice shall inform the individual of all of the following:
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)