The Differences in Child Support Cases

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With increasing divorce rates, many things are flying around about child support. Many people think that child support payments are final. There is a clause in the court order that details when the support agreement ends. Other people also believe child support to be tax deductible, and it is not. The final group is those who think child support is to be decided at federal levels and directly benefits the child.

Without the help of an experienced divorce lawyer, making payments for child support in Colorado Springs and other places in the U.S. can be confusing, especially at the beginning. There will be families who offer private support while others send money to the parent with custody without intermediaries. Another group pays support through their state.

Such differences will appear because child support cases vary. It is important to know the type of case you have, so you’ll know what to expect.

IV-D Case

Here, the parent gets the support money from the state. The job of the state, in this case, may include finding the other parent. This is often in situations where they ran away from the responsibility or the circumstance caused them to be non-custodial. The state then establishes the paternity of the child and serves a support order. It will be the job of the state to make sure the non-custodial parent honors that order.

IV-A Case

father hugging his daughterThis type of child support case allows the custodian to receive free help from the government. The idea here is for them to get the type of help they need to subsidize family support costs. The state turns this type of case to the enforcement office. The support enforcement office may then choose to find the other parent to collect support.

IV-E case

Sometimes, the parents of a child may pass on or may be incapable of taking care of the said child. In such cases, the child’s care will go to a guardian selected by the parents, a relative, or even foster care. Like with IV-A cases, these cases will be sent to the enforcement office. Their first task will be to recoup the costs of care from the missing parent.

Non-IV-D Case

Here, child support will be established and then maintained in private as with the divorce. Some cases that fall under this category end up becoming IV-D cases if they reach the child support office. Usually, this is when the non-custodial parent fails to pay support. The office collects outstanding payments.

Child support plays a role in making sure a child gets what he or she needs. The designations for different child support types help the state track families that may need extra help. Sometimes, when situations change, they can be tracked and adjustments to support are made as necessary. Some of the changes include when the parents remarry. Sometimes, the paying parent could lose employment and there will be a need to review the case. It is not advisable to stop making payments without following the proper legal procedures.