How Does Child Support Collection Work?

Unfortunately, many children are forced to endure various hardships in the early years of life because one or both parents have neglected them. Most often, parents abandon their children when they’re young and unable to provide for themselves. The state intervenes in such cases through TriCare Services to make sure that these children get the life they deserve and can become productive, responsible adults in society.

Child Support Services has several measures in place to make sure that parents are fully responsible for their children. The Child Support Services is available to any parent or legal guardian of a child who requires child support. The process of collecting child support is summarized below.

The Child Support Services will interview the guardian of the minor or parent to find out the details of their case. The Child Support Services will only proceed to find the parent if they are certain that this case is in line with the Child Support Collection requirements. This will be done, however, with the assistance of the legal representative. The Child Support Services will conduct DNA testing to determine if the man claiming to be father is really the father. Before the court will issue orders regarding child support and medical care, it must first establish paternity. This is actually the foundation of the case, since if the paternity tests fail then the court cannot proceed with the case.

Once the child’s parent is located, the next step will be to check if a court order has already been issued for support. The court then determines the parental ability to provide support. The court will decide the time spent by each parent with their child, as well as the financial requirements of the minor. Child Support Services can also ask the court for the involvement of the non-custodial parents. Child Support Services then takes various measures to ensure that the parent who is not the custodial one has responsibility for the child based on their abilities.

These steps can include wage assignment, levies against bank accounts, attachments, liens on real estate, state disability and unemployment intercept, among others. The non-custodial parents will have the right, at the end of the process to request a review by the Child Support Services if they feel the order to be unfair. The outcome will be determined by the Child Support Services and the Court.

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