Indiana Child Support Questions & Answers

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Feb 26, 2019
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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.

Q: Can I get child support eliminated?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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 obligations can also be terminated if the children are adopted and your parental rights are terminated.

If you think you should be paying less because she is better off, you can petition the...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Jan 21, 2019
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
You've answered your own question. Yes, you can petition the court to terminate child support.

Q: State of Indiana

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Jan 18, 2019
Clarissa Finnell's answer
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 review the facts of your particular case. If you owe back support, then you cannot merely stop paying support when your child turns 19. Also, payment of college expenses can extend past the age of...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Indiana on
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Dec 30, 2018
K. Aaron Heifner's answer
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 would file a petition to emancipate the 19yr old and modify the current child support for the remaining one minor child.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Indiana on
Answered on Oct 10, 2018
Betsy Walits' answer
You can file and ask for a provisional hearing, during which you can ask for provisional support.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Aug 20, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Aug 6, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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 have custody. Those wishes are given heavier weight in consideration at age 14.

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Indiana on
Answered on Aug 1, 2018
William J Webster's answer
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.

If you haven't done so already, I recommend filing for a Protective Order and including the child, so if he suddenly appears and wants to see the child you will have a protective order in...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Jul 30, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Jul 3, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on May 15, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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 arrears, if you file jointly the refund could be pulled to pay for those arrears.

Q: In the state of Indiana can a mother ask the courts for the father tono longer provide child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on May 10, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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 child is adopted.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on May 3, 2018
Clarissa Finnell's answer
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 emancipation, contact a family law attorney to review the specific facts of your case.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on May 3, 2018
Clarissa Finnell's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on May 2, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
Yes, absolutely. A substantial change in circumstances or ability to pay is grounds for requesting the amount of child support be revisited.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on May 2, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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 not have to pay child support, nor does it matter that your son thinks that he is entitled to a portion of the money you were receiving for his support. That's not how it works.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Indiana on
Answered on Apr 20, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
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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