Filing for child support is not a hectic journey because of the variety of information for guidance available as well as legal firms that help in these cases. Though there are online platforms where you may start the case, there will always be a need for you to show up in person at the nearest local office that deals with child support enforcement. This is when the paperwork begins. There are documents that you will be required to have.
These documents are what, in most cases, are called child modification. It is basically an update of the current contact information. More of the documents needed include a valid photo identification card or a driver’s license. You also need to come with proof of your address, which may include the recent rent receipt or a utility bill. A birth certificate is inevitable for the child or children whom you are seeking the support for. you also need to come with your ex’s contact information and any information that you may be knowing regarding where they work or their current address. You can as well add some more documents to strengthen your claim, which includes proof of paternity such an affidavit or DNA results, social security cards, proof of income, divorce decree, if possible, any financial documentation.
What happens when you go to a legal firm with all that, they open a child support case for you. There may be a slight fee that you will be involved in to pay, but you are sure of the services as quick as possible. You can fill the application online or show up at the station for more guidance and understanding of how the process goes. The firm will also locate the non-custodial parent who provides the support order. It is known as the process of enforcing a support order or establishing paternity. They go out to find out where the noncustodial parent lives or works and then obtain the child support in the course of the months.
Before the child support is ordered by the court, paternity is established and should not be a disputed one. If there are disputes in establishing paternity, the court may order for a DNA test to be carried out to verify the results and the claims. If the test is accurate, then the process continues. What happens next is filing for the support order after considering the income of both parents that are involved and the number of the children in question. There may be other factors that are put into place for fair considerations.
Finally, the law firm works hard now to set up payment whereby the support amount will be deducted from the noncustodial parents’ paycheck to the custodial parent. If the case is successful, income is withheld immediately for the support to come in. If they are not deducted, the person is expected to pay directly to the court order and always ensure that the records are well kept for future reference. In case the payment is delayed or not paid fully as agreed, and enforcement of the support order can be conducted.