Getting your Child Support
Establishment and Enforcement of Child Support Orders
In Indiana, prosecutor’s offices provide one-stop shopping for establishment and enforcement of child support. Prosecutors provide the following:
- Establishment of paternity
- Location of parents owing child support
- Establishment of child support orders
- Enforcement of child support orders
- Establishment of insurance orders
- Enforcement of medical expenses
Prosecutors can use the following child support enforcement tools to enforce a child support order:
Child support can be withheld from a non-custodial parents’ pay check. Often times this is an automated process due to the implementation of a federal program called “New Hire Reporting”.
Suspension of Driver’s and DNR Licenses
If an absent parent is at least $2,000 or 3 months past due on court-ordered child support, the automatic license suspension program is initiated. This includes driving, fishing and hunting licenses.
We can also suspend Professional Licenses including:
- Health Professions Bureau
- Horse Racing Commission
- Indiana Gaming Commission
- Department of Insurance
- Bureau of Motor Vehicles
- Department of Natural Resources
- Professional Standards Boards (teachers)
- Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission (lawyers)
A prosecutor can obtain past due child support by intercepting a delinquent parent’s tax refund, lottery winnings, unemployment, worker’s compensation benefits, and unclaimed property.
A prosecutor can establish and enforce a lien against the property of a parent who is delinquent in payment of child support.
A court can find a parent who is delinquent in payment of child support in contempt for violating a court order and impose sanctions which can include jail time.
Criminal Charges for Nonsupport of a Dependent Child
A prosecutor has the discretion to file criminal charges when a person knowingly or intentionally fails to provide support for a dependent child. Criminal nonsupport of a dependent child is a Class D felony with a maximum sentence of 3 years. If more than $15,000 is owed to any individual child, a Class C felony criminal charge, with a maximum sentence of 8 years, can be filed. Prosecutors can extradite out-of-state criminal nonsupport defendants to Indiana for prosecution.
How to Get Help With Child Support
To get help with child support, custodial parents should make an appointment with the child support division of the prosecutor’s office. Custodial parents should be prepared to ask for the specific establishment or enforcement action they want performed by the prosecutor’s office. For example, tell the prosecutor if you want paternity established, an income withholding order or criminal charges filed. Custodial parents should be prepared to supply the following information to the prosecutor’s office.
- The full legal name of the non-custodial parent and all other names the non-custodial parent has used.
- The date of birth of the non-custodial parent.
- The Social Security number of the non-custodial parent.
- The driver’s license number of the non-custodial parent.
- The last known address of the non-custodial parent.
- The names and address of all present and former employers of the non-custodial parent.
- All known information about the actual and potential assets of the non-custodial parent.
- Legible copies of all existing court orders that affect the child support obligation, including any marriage dissolution orders.
- An accurate record of all child support payments already made by the non-custodial parent.
- The names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of the children whom the custodial parent is seeking support.
- A paternity questionnaire and a birth certificate for each child for whom support is sought, if paternity is an issue.
- The non-custodial parent’s birthplace and his or her parent’s names.
Tips for Keeping Track of Your Child Support Records
- Record and organize all vital information on your child support case.
- Save all Court Orders
- Create a payment history record
- Create a correspondence and telephone log
Tips for Getting Action from a Child Support Agency
- Make an appointment with the child support division of your prosecutor’s office.
- Specifically request the action you want taken on your child support case.
- Take all relevant records with you to the appointment