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Child Support Collections in America
By: Holcy Thompson III, Tue Nov 7th, 2006
Child Support Collections
Collecting unpaid child support can be a challenge for some custodial parents seeking assistance from the non-custodial parent. The state child support collections agency in your area have several methods they use in order to collect current or past due child support.
One method used in collecting child support is income withholding, which is the most popular and convenient way of retrieving child support payments.
The state child support enforcement agency can also utilize a number of methods for enforcing child support payments. These methods are judicial action, intercepting any other sources of income, garnishing bank accounts, consumer credit bureau reporting, revoke of any licenses, and passport denial or suspension.
The First Steps
The first thing the custodial parent must do in order to collect child support payments is to locate the non-custodial parent. Then, the custodial parent must establish legal paternity. Next, the court will send out a order for the non-custodial parent to pay child support. Last, child support enforcement will proceed if the non-custodial parent refuses to make timely payments.
When locating the non-custodial parent you must provide the state child support enforcement office with as much information as possible. Information such as their social security number, their address, friends and family names, where they are employed and what state they reside. When the non-custodial parent is located, legal paternity must also be established before the court can issue an order of child support payments.
A father can acknowledge the child by signing an acknowledgement of paternity. If the father denies any ties to the child, a DNA test will be performed to proved or dismiss him as the biological father. When DNA testing are done and the alleged father is proven to be the biological father, the court will issue an order of child support.
Once child support is ordered and the non-custodial parent refuses to pay, the child support collections agency will enforce the appropriate methods to retrieving payments.
There are several child support collection agencies that will assist custodial parents in collecting any past due child support. If you are a single parent in need of assistance, there are forms you can fill out for free information on collecting your past due child support payments.
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About the Author
I am a parent who is currently paying child support in the state of Texas. My goal is to get information on child support in each state to provide other parents with useful information.