Divorce: Child Support FAQs

My ex owed me several thousand dollars before I took my case to the CSE agency. Is there any way to recoup that past due money?

Since the money was owed before the CSE agency became involved in your case, they will have to verify that the money is owed to you.

What documentation do you have to prove your case?

Bring whatever letter of agreements that you have pertaining to this matter to your caseworker. You may have to appear in court to present your documentation before any collection can take place.

My ex is incarcerated. Is there any way for me to receive child support payments?

Child support obligations are not discontinued if the obligor is unable to make the payments. The unpaid support will accrue until it is properly paid, unless you agree to have payments deferred until the non-custodial parent is released and working. But why would you do that? If, while, in prison there are wages earned through a work release program, these earnings can be garnished for child support. If the non-custodial parent has assets or real property, you can receive an execution whereby the property is seized and sold, and whatever support is owed to you is then paid. This can be complicated, and cost you some money. Only you can decide if it is worth it.

My CSE agency is not doing all that they can do to enforce my case. Can I take it to Federal Court?

Yes. If your CSE agency has not had any response to requests for enforcement in another jurisdiction, you can take your case to Federal Court. The decision has to be made by the Federal Regional Office of Child Support Enforcement at the request of your caseworker and the State Enforcement Office. If you are not satisfied with the services you are receiving by your local CSE agency, ask your State agency for help.

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