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Q: Can you file for child support in any county? Or only the county you reside in?

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Feb 26, 2019

Child support is a statewide system, so it doesn't matter if one parent does not reside in your county. You should be filing in the county you reside in to establish child support.

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Q: Can I get child support eliminated?

I pay support to my ex-wife (she has physical custody/we have joint legal custody) but we split time with our kids equally. She also makes considerably more money than I do and is also remarried. We have been divorced for over 4 years. If so when filing with the court for this modification... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Jan 24, 2019

You have two questions here.

Can you get child support eliminated? Only in certain situations. At age 18 if the child has not attended school in 3 months or not enrolled in school for 6 months or at age 19 which is the legal age of emancipation of child support in Indiana. Child support...
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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... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Jan 23, 2019

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... Read more »

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Q: Can I petition the court to end child support ?

My son is 18 and has not attended school since graduating last May. He has a part time job and is still living with his mother. The Indiana web site states this.

The court may terminate a non-custodial parent's support obligation, with or without emancipating the child if the court finds... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Jan 21, 2019

You've answered your own question. Yes, you can petition the court to terminate child support.

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Q: State of Indiana

My last child with the custodial parent will be turning 19 on March 8th, 2019 which is 53 days from today. What is involved and how soon can I begin proceeding in ending the child support?

Clarissa Finnell answered on Jan 18, 2019

Child support terminates in Indiana at age 19 unless you have a disabled child. If your support is being paid by income withholding you may need an order from the court to terminate the withholding order when your child turns 19. I recommend consulting with a family law attorney in you area to... Read more »

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Q: Can I get child support in Indiana if I don't have a job?

I currently live in Texas. I found out my husband never divorced his first wife. We've been together almost 10 years, married 6 years. I am having our marriage voided and I'm moving to Indiana near Hartsville, with the kids. I will not have a job right away, I will make maybe 20% the amount of... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Jan 10, 2019

You can get child support established even if you do not have a job. Each county in Indiana has free legal services available to parents looking to establish child support obligations. This website can help you. https://www.in.gov/dcs/2483.htm

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Q: Does support automatically stop when they turn 19? Or do you have to go to court?

Oldest turns 19 in 2 days. Lives at college in Texas. Youngest turns 18 in three weeks and is in last year of high school. Will the support stop for the 19 year old or do I have to go to court to stop it? And will they automatically reevaluate the support for the other one when the support stops... Read more »

K. Aaron Heifner answered on Dec 30, 2018

It will not automatically stop. You will need to file a petition to emancipate the child as of their 19th birthday. This shall be completed prior to the child's 19th birthday. A new child support worksheet will need to be completed to obtain the new support amount for the 17 year old. Therefore, I... Read more »

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Q: I need to file for divorce. I’m sick and currently can not work due to medical reasons. He gives me no financial support

Betsy Walits answered on Oct 10, 2018

You can file and ask for a provisional hearing, during which you can ask for provisional support.

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Q: If my 17 yr old daughter is staying at her boyfriends house nightly, can support be stopped?

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Aug 20, 2018

No. Child support does not get stopped due to a disagreement about parenting. If you disagree with your daughter staying over at her boyfriend's house that is an issue for you to bring up with the custodial parent. If nothing is done, it may be an issue you need to visit in court.

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Q: How old do u have to be to choose who u want to live with?

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Aug 6, 2018

You don't have the ability to choose who you live with. The judge overseeing your custody will make a decision based on the best interests of the child. You don't get to decide who you live with until you are emancipated.

That said, the wishes of the child are a factor in deciding who will...
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Q: I am married with a child and i havent heard or seen from her father in almost 3 years. Doea he have any rights.

The night he left his family beat me and my sister and we had to get pictures of our body taken at the police station

William J Webster answered on Aug 1, 2018

First, I am sorry to hear about the domestic abuse. Unless the Court terminates parental rights which is usually done in adoption cases or cases where the children are removed from the parents by the State. Therefore, unless there is an adoption, your husband will always have parental rights.... Read more »

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Q: What income do I have to report for child support calculation?

I'm the custodial parent.

My ex lives with family rent free.

Now he's getting married to a nurse.

I have to have a second job to make ends meet.

Do I have to report the full time job and the part time job? (I only work the part time job 9 months a year.)

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Jul 30, 2018

Child support calculations require all income to be reported, no exceptions. Failure to disclose can have negative consequences for you in the future. Do not lie or conceal information on these forms.

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Q: Non-custodial parent pays child support thru garnishment. It always comes on Wed or Thurs diligently. Why not this week?

It isn't showing up on Eppicard website or through the Kid's Line # .. Last payment shown was 6/20. Today is 6/30. Is something wrong on the office end?

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Jul 3, 2018

The best way to find out is to contact whomever is handling child support cases locally, or, if they do not have the answer, contact whomever is handling the payments.

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Q: Im getting married to a man that is paying child support

My fiance is currently paying child support for all four children and he is paying child support in Lafayette Indiana ,Gary Indiana, Indianapolis and in Wisconsin my question is will I have to pay child support out of my paycheck and out of my taxes if we got married

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on May 15, 2018

The answer is both yes and no.

You are not personally liable for your future husband's child support payments. Therefore your wages cannot be garnished to cover his child support.

However, if his child support payments are in arrears and his tax refund is attached to pay for the...
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Q: In the state of Indiana can a mother ask the courts for the father tono longer provide child support?

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on May 10, 2018

You could ask but you would be denied. Child support is not for the parent, it is for the child. The courts will never agree to terminate child support to a child. That is not in the best interests of the child. The only time child support will terminate is when the child is emancipated or the... Read more »

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Q: Does my child have to be in school for me to recieve child support

Clarissa Finnell answered on May 3, 2018

Child support can be ordered from birth until a child turns 19 years of age or is otherwise emancipated. There are circumstances under which an 18 year old may be emancipated for child support purposes if not in school or enrolled to be in school. If you believe your child may qualify for... Read more »

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Q: Can I have our child support revisited based on the fact that he now makes so much more then I now then at time divorced

We presently each cover 50% of kids expenses but where I struggle, he now makes so much more then I financially yet Im still covering 50% of everything

Clarissa Finnell answered on May 3, 2018

Child support is modifiable if there has been a substantial change in circumstances since last order of the court or child support has not been modified during the preceding 12 months and new recommended support differs by at least 20% from current order.

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Q: Can I have our child support revisited based on the fact that he now makes so much more then I now then at time divorced

We presently each cover 50% of kids expenses but where I struggle, he now makes so much more then I financially yet Im still covering 50% of everything

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on May 2, 2018

Yes, absolutely. A substantial change in circumstances or ability to pay is grounds for requesting the amount of child support be revisited.

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Q: My children keep calling my child support "their support" and when they need something the support should be used.

I have explained to the children that the support is to provide them with food, shelter, and their needs and that in fact the money is for "me" to do exactly that. When my oldest turned 18, he moved out and told me that he should receive "half" of the support that I was receiving for him and his... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on May 2, 2018

What's the question? You are correct. Child support is paid to the custodial parent and not the children for use on behalf of the children. It would be crazy if it were paid directly to the children for them to determine how to use it. It doesn't matter if your daughter believes her father should... Read more »

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Q: Is there a permenant child support law for adult children in Indiana?

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Apr 20, 2018

No. Child support terminates at emancipation or the age of 19. Adult children have the right to sue for back child support for a period of time after the child support obligation period terminates though.

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