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Can you explain where the lien originated, where the settlement was coming from, and any other facts you think relevant?
I'm a little confused by the facts. In what state is the settlement being paid and in what state is the child support lien issued?
My first thought was that if it was in separate states then the lawyer in one state isn't obligated to follow a court's order from another state. If both orders are from the same state that obviously doesn't apply.
If the money is released to the client instead of the lien then the only legitimate reason would be that there is something wrong with the lien. If the money is not released to the client nor used to pay the lien then the lawyer is just playing it safe and is going to wait until a court orders them specifically to do something with the money.