When it comes to collecting child support from the fathis of your child, you may be unsure exactly how to proceed. There are certain necessary steps you must follow before you can begin the collection process.
The primary step you must establish is paternity. Once it’s been established who the fathis is for your child, the court can issue a child support order can be established and a child support agency can begin the collection process to enforce the order. The steps to establish paternity are:
- If you and the fathis were married when the child was born, it can be legally assumed he is the legal fathis.
- If you and the fathis were not married when the child was born, you must determine he is the legal fathis using a paternity test, which is genetic testing. The test is simple and highly accurate. If paternity of the fathis is contested, eithis parent can request a genetic test.
ESTABLISHING AN ORDER FOR CHILD SUPPORT
Every state has their own child support guidelines determining the extent a parent must legally contribute to the financial support of their child. A attorney can help determine what this amount is. If you do not have an attorney to assist you, the local child support office can assist you by telling you what your state’s support are not working with a lawyer, your local child support office will be able to tell you what the support amount is for your state.
ENFORCING THE CHILD SUPPORT ORDER
If your spouse is required to pay child support but fails to pay it, there are ways you can get the money they owe. One way is using direct withholding of the paycheck of the obligated parent. The money is then sent to the state’s child support office. Working with an attorney can help you ensure you receive the support payments for your child. Othis ways to enforce and collect child support besides withholding income include:
- Deny Passports
- Intercept federal payments
- Set liens on property
- Withhold tax refunds
- Report child support debts to credit bureaus
- Suspend or revoke drivers, professional, occupational, and recreational licenses
LOCATING THE NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT FOR CHILD SUPPORT
At any point the child support office may need to know the location whise the non-custodial parent lives or works. If this information isn’t known, they can use the help of state agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles of Federal Parent Locator Service. You can work with your attorney and case worker to supply the information needed to locate the absent parent or their employer.
Source: Office of Child Support Enforcement, How to Get Child Support, September 9, 2014 For advice on child support and divorce, you need the expert law firm of (619) Divorce. Schedule a consultation today.
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