How to Collect Child Support

How Can I Collect Child Support I am Owed?

Even after a custodial parent has obtained a Child Support Order, it is not uncommon for that parent to need help receiving the child support payments that were ordered. There are a few important steps that need to be taken with any child support collection attempt. Our family law firm can help.

What steps need to be taken to collect child support?

Once the legally enforceable child support order is entered, there are a few steps that should be taken initially in order to collect on that award. First, the non-custodial parent may need to be located, if he or she was not already involved in the court proceedings. Second, paternity may need to be established before the child support order can actually be enforced. Finally, the basic process of collecting payments will begin. Understand that this process will likely be ongoing unless the non-custodial parent is willing to be consistent in making the payments as ordered or they are deducted automatically from their paycheck. Also, changes in the amount of support may be necessary if the financial circumstances of the non-custodial parent change for any reason. Our family law firm can help with any of these issues.

What information does my attorney need to help with collecting child support?

A common question that many clients have is what type of information is necessary for the initial consultation regarding child support collection. The first thing that is required is proof that you are the custodial parent, which can include the child’s birth certificate, proof of guardianship, or proof of custody. Equally important is the court order awarding you, as the custodial parent, the child support payments. Finally, any evidence of paternity which is necessary to enforce the child support award against a specific individual should be brought to the consultation.

If you have questions regarding child support, collection of support payments, or any other family issues, contact attorney Brad J. Latta either online, or by calling us at (205

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