Evansville, IN asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana

Q: If I got full custody of my children, would my ex still have to pay child support.

My ex husbands wages are currently being garnished for child support. He has my children every other weekend Saturday AM until they go to school on Monday mornings. He does not have his own home and stays at his sisters house or his fathers house when he has them and has lately been staying at random peoples houses which I am not comfortable with. He also is legally responsible for half of all doctor bills and for extracurricular activity's/tutoring etc. (which he probably owes me about $3,000) he has never once paid for half. I am looking into full custody but am worried about him not having to pay child support any longer (I was told that it would drop.) I get $370 every two weeks and this goes towards daycare which I cannot afford to cover on my own.

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Alexander Florian Steciuch

Answered
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Custody and child support are two separate issues. A parent is always obligated to provide financial support to the child, regardless of whether or not they have custody of the child or even visitation rights. Obtaining full custody does not terminate child support. Child support only ends when a parent's parental rights are terminated or the child is emancipated.

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