Q: can two child support orders orders be issued for just one child ? For father in prison and mom who g-ma currently has
SoMy sons dad was issued child support then I never received any payments but the order still stands I went to prison for 4 1/2 yearsAnd my mom received temporary guardian because of length of my prison stay . Where then I was put on child support as well! Is this legal for two child support orders on one child to stand because didn’t my mom just take the place of me and would receive any payments made by his father ... please help me understand this because I don’t believe this is correct
A: The issue is that the parents are the persons who have an obligation to financially support their child or children. Grandparents and others have no legal responsibility to provide financial support for children they did not give birth to or adopt. Both parents have an obligation to support their child. Our child support calculator is specifically set up to recognize both mother and father (or mother and mother/father and father in same-sex marriages) have that responsibility to provide financial care for their children.
A: You question isn't totally clear, but I'll try to answer. It is possible for there to be one order for the mother to pay child support for the child and another order for the father to pay child support for the child when the child is in the care of a third party. Thus, both parents would be paying child support to the third party caregiver but under separate orders. If it started out with just one order for the father to pay the mother child support, the court can change the payee of the child support so that the child support would be owed to the third party caregiver if the mother no longer is the primary caregiver of the child.
If there are two child support orders both owed by the same parent for the same child running at the same time, then there is definitely an issue and one of the orders will need to be terminated.
Either way, you can likely contact the child support office in the county where the order(s) are running and they should be able to explain how much child support is owed to whom.
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