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My ex Wife has paid little to no child support. State of

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Hello,
My ex Wife has paid little to no child support. State of Oregon has now suspended my case and wiped away the back support my ex wife owes. What can I do about this? How often does this happen because the absent parent can't be found?
Thanks for a chance to vent,
Jason Gurke (*****@******.***)
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 10 months ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
This was done by the support collection unit or the court? Oregon Child Support Enforcement can close a case and stop pursuing it if they cannot locate the deadbeat parent, but the ultimate jurisdiction is the court and the court is the only one that can wipe out arrears. You would need to file a motion for an order to show cause for contempt in the court, but you would need to know where she is to have her served with the court order.
You could also use a local private investigator to find her so you can serve her and force her to come to court for contempt.
If you cannot locate her, you also can ask the court for service by publication and then seek to have her parental rights terminated as well for extreme parental neglect and disinterest.
These are your options.