My x died about a month ago. He still owed me over $3700.00 in back support and over $35,000.00 in arrearage interest. Child support did have a lien on all his personal property. He hadn't seen our sons for over 25 years, by his own choice. His family didn't see them either. Now, the family keeps calling to settle this. He had a few things. There is a trailer, atv, and a few small bank accounts. They came to an appointment we had with a lawyer to give information needed to settle his estate. In this meeting, we found out he had a 401K worth $72,000.00. The beneficiary is his brother. Child support has told me previous to finding out this information that the only way they can make a claim against his property, and enforce the lien is if an estate goes to probate, or if titles are tranfered, or property sold. Then they will be alerted by a lien search. They didn't feel they could get anything that had a beneficiary. I guess the 401k isn't condsidered part of the estate because a beneficiary was listed? He died without a will. I looked on the WI lien docket and the lien is listed at $3776.66, instead of the full amount owed. If they had a lien on all personal property, including bank accounts, shouldn't the 401k have a lien on it as well? Is there a huge loophole in Wisconsin's system of arrearage collection? Anyone know who I should talk to or contact about this matter? The sad thing is that the personal property that will be tranfered by affidavit would go to my sons, and child support would enforce the lien on those things. Thank-you for any help.