FIDM is an enforcement tool used in the collection of arrears. Financial accounts that belong to delinquent obligors are identified by the CSEA. The CSEA freezes and seizes these accounts. The following information is reviewed when the FIDM process is initiated:
  • Financial institution name and account number
  • The Advance Notice of Default and Potential Action must have been sent to the Obligor. There must be a minimum arrearage of over one month's obligation
  • The CSEA can still process FIDM even if the Obligor is currently paying to reduce the arrears balance
  • The obligor cannot be in bankruptcy, but the CSEA can proceed once the bankruptcy action has been resolved (bankruptcy does not excuse the child support obligation, including arrears).