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Frequently Asked Questions

I AM SURE THAT MY CHILD'S FATHER IS WILLING TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT. CAN WE MAKE AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN OURSELVES AND PRESENT IT TO THE COURT?

IF I AM NOT SATISFIED WITH THE CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION, WHAT LEGAL ALTERNATIVES DO I HAVE?

DOES THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY OR THE CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION ALSO DETERMINE CUSTODY OF THE CHILDREN AND VISITATION RIGHTS, OR SETTLE VISITATION DISPUTES?

DOES THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY OR THE CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION ALSO RESOLVE PROPERTY SETTLEMENT MATTERS?

IS THERE A FEE FOR OPENING A CHILD SUPPORT CASE WITH THE CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION?

ARE THE EARNINGS OF BOTH PARENTS CONSIDERED IN SETTING THE AMOUNT OF CHILD SUPPORT?

I JUST HEARD THAT MY SON'S FATHER HAS HAD THREE PROMOTIONS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS BUT THE CHILD SUPPORT IS STILL LIKE IT WAS SIX YEARS AGO. IS THERE SOME WAY TO FIND OUT WHEN HE HAS A RAISE?

MY DAUGHTER'S FATHER SAYS THAT SINCE HE GIVES HER GIFTS AND MONEY HE DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT, IS THAT TRUE?

HOW ARE CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS MADE?

WHAT IF THE PARENTS OF THE CHILD(REN) WERE NEVER MARRIED TO EACH OTHER?

WHAT IS PATERNITY AND WHAT DOES ESTABLISHING PATERNITY MEAN?

WHY IS ESTABLISHING PATERNITY IMPORTANT?

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO THE FATHER OF ESTABLISHING PATERNITY?

WHAT IF THE FATHER OR MOTHER IS NOT 18?

HOW LONG AFTER A CHILD IS BORN CAN PATERNITY BE ESTABLISHED?

CAN THE NAME OF THE FATHER BE PUT ON THE CHILD'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

DOES THE FATHER HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEE OR VISIT THE CHILD?

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM NOT SURE WHO THE FATHER IS?

IF BLOOD TESTS ARE NECESSARY, WHO PAYS FOR THEM?

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR THE BLOOD TESTS TO BE DONE ON A CHILD?

DESPITE THE BLOOD TESTS, THE ALLEGED FATHER STILL SAYS HE IS NOT THE FATHER. WILL THE CASE BE CLOSED?

THE FATHER OF MY CHILD SAID I WOULD NEVER GET A PATERNITY JUDGMENT ON HIM BECAUSE HE WOULD JUST LEAVE THE STATE. WHAT CAN I DO?

CAN CHILD SUPPORT STILL BE COLLECTED IF THE NONCUSTODIAL PARENT MOVES OUT OF THE STATE OF INDIANA?

WHAT IF THE OTHER PARENT CANNOT BE FOUND LOCALLY?

IF I AM ON AFDC, AM I STILL ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS FROM THE NONCUSTODIAL PARENT?

I AM APPLYING FOR AFDC AND/OR MEDICAID. DO I HAVE TO ASK FOR CHILD SUPPORT FROM THE OTHER PARENT?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO COOPERATE WITH THE CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO "ASSIGN" MY SUPPORT RIGHTS?

I WANT THE CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION TO ENFORCE MY COURT ORDER. IS THE INFORMATION I PROVIDE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?

MY CHILD'S FATHER WORKS IRREGULARLY AND IS PAID IN CASH,THEREFORE, A WAGE WITHHOLDING ORDER HAS NOT WORKED FOR ME. WHAT WILL?

THE CHILDREN'S FATHER REFUSES TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT, BUT OWNS A GOOD DEAL OF PROPERTY IN THE COUNTY. CAN A LIENBE ISSUED AT THE SAME TIME THE ORDER FOR SUPPORT IS ESTABLISHED IN COURT?

CAN I HAVE THE WAGE WITHHOLDING APPLIED TO MY EXISTING CHILD SUPPORT ORDER?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO COLLECT THE SUPPORT PAYMENTS FROM PERSONAL PROPERTY THE ABSENT PARENT HAS?

MY CHILDREN'S FATHER OWNS A CROSS-COUNTRY MOVING VAN AND A NICE HOME. WHY WON'T THE CHILD SUPPORT OFFICE PUT A LIEN ON EITHER ONE?

MY CHILDREN'S FATHER LOST HIS JOB AND IS COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. CAN CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS BE DEDUCTED AND SENT TO ME?

WHAT IF THE NONCUSTODIAL PARENT DOES NOT HAVE A JOB OR ANY OTHER INCOME OR ASSETS?

MY EX-WIFE HAS DECLARED BANKRUPTCY AND SAYS SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT. IS THAT TRUE?

MY BOY FRIEND IS ON A MILITARY BASE ABROAD AND I AM ABOUT TO HAVE HIS CHILD, HOW DO I ESTABLISH PATERNITY AND OBTAIN AN ORDER FOR SUPPORT?

MY EX-SPOUSE IS IN THE NAVY. HOW DO I GO HAVE CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS DEDUCTED FROM HIS PAYCHECK?

THE FATHER OF MY CHILD IS IN JAIL. CAN I GET SUPPORT?