One of the toughest things to keep up with is your child support payments. Most Child Support cases accrue interest at an astronomical rate similar to the IRS. If the custodial parent has ever applied for federal benefits such as TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) formerly known as AFDC, (Aid to Families with Needy Children) then the amount of child support you pay is accrue faster than you can ever pay it back. So is there a way you can ever win this Child Support battle and get off that crazy “Merry go round”?
The first step you must do is find a good Child Support Attorney in which to act as your go-between and be a third party in which can take the helm and aid you in plotting a course of action on how to get your child support payments under control.
Now that you have acquired a Child Support attorney, he or she is going to assist you in completing and filing any required paperwork on time and recognizing any instances in which you may need to take immediate action.
If you are the custodial parent and you are seeking child support for the first time, there are several steps that must be done in order to get a child support court order filed. First, you must prove paternity of the child. If you were not married to the biological father of your child at the time of birth and he did not accompany you in the labor and delivery room then he is not listed as the father of your child on the birth certificate. So proving paternity is going to be a little trickier than if he was listed as the father. But, it is still doable. You are going to need to get a DNA Paternity test done, which is done by taking a sample of his DNA and a sample of your child’s DNA to the lab to be analyzed for similarities. Once Paternity has been declared, it is time to take these results to your attorney so get the paperwork filed for a child support hearing.
If you are the non-custodial parent you can also get a child support attorney to assist you with paternity and to fight for you as far as proving to the court what is a fair, affordable amount of child support for you to pay.
If your child is in the Foster Care system, for whatever reason, both parents are considered non-custodial parents, and therefore, are required to pay the state child support payments. Child support also considers health insurance as part of child support requirements which means you must provide some sort of health insurance coverage for your child as well as long as they are under the care of the state.
Each state has guidelines established for how much monetary payments the non-custodial parents must pay to either the local child support agency or the custodial parent for child support. If you are unable to pay, due to unemployment, disability, or both and can only pay a limited amount monthly due to a fixed income budget, this is what must be discussed with your child support attorney to get the original court order modified and reduced.