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

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Support and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: Can I legally get back child support for my daughter prior to her adoption by my husband?
Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Apr 16, 2018

Assuming your attempts to collect back child support are within Indiana law, yes. Please be aware that there are statute of limitations for collecting back child support after a certain age, emancipation or adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Child Support Calculation After Spouse remarries.

I live in Indiana. My ex wife was engaged 4 months after we were divorced. She has gotten remarried. They live in our old house. When child support was calculated it was based on her expenses at that house. Now he lives there with his daughter. Should the income and expenses be recalculated since... Read more »

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Apr 16, 2018

Based on your question if there has been a substantial change in circumstances child support can be re-calculated. If that is found you can request her spouses income be imputed into the calculation but you must be able to prove that the other income is covering what are the needs of the child.

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Q: My daughter turn 19 this year..But will still be attending last year of high school. Do i still have to pay ?

She turns 19 but will be a senior still.do i still pay or once she turns 19 im done?

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 30, 2018

You can terminate child support if, you are ordered to pay support for a child, and if the child:

is age 19;

has joined the United States armed services;

is married;

is not under the care or control of either parent or someone else approved by the court; or...
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Q: If ex is court ordered to carry medical insurance but refuses to because he says its to expensive

I had to pick up insurance do I have to give him a copy of my insurance card?

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 28, 2018

If it is court ordered then yes, but you must look at the language of the agreement, because most agreements state unless otherwise unable to. Since you have picked up the insurance on the children you must provide your ex with a copy of those documents. IF you fail to do so it could result in your... Read more »

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Q: I haven't seen my 10 year old daughter since infancy. I pay child support. Any way I can forfeit my parental rights?
Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Mar 27, 2018

No. You cannot terminate your parental rights absent an action by the state against you or the child is adopted by another adult.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Help with absent father who threatens court with me.

My daughters father has not paid child support, he goes months without contacting her, shes 2, and months without seeing her. He will text me a couple days before he wishes to see her and when i tell him that i have plans he gets upset and says that its my fault he doesn't have a relationship with... Read more »

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 26, 2018

When you get married and your significant other wants to adopt the child you must first terminate the biological parents rights first and then put the adoption through. The termination can be consented to or contested and if contested then a hearing will have to be conducted to see what is in the... Read more »

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Q: How often you can request a Motion to Modify on your child support? And what things do that take into consideration?
John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 24, 2018

You an modify child support only when there is a significant change in circumstances. There is no set number of times just have to meet that standard of review. The things the court can take into consideration are overnights by the parties, change in income by either party or both, change in... Read more »

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Q: What happens if he does not pay the full child support? And is not seeing them regular ?
John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 23, 2018

If the party does not pay the full amount of support per week then the arrears will build. If the other party is not seeing them regularly you can move to modify the visitation but it won't stop the visitation.

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Q: My ex and i have come to a mutual agreement on child support. We both provide what she needs equally. We have done this

For a year or 2. Just realized we need to let the courts know so that he doesnt show as owing $$. And get in trouble. How do i do this??

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 22, 2018

You need to file a motion with the court if there is an active or was an active case in this matter. You can also contact the local IV-D Prosecutor's Office and tell them the situation and see what they advise you to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Indiana on
Q: In the state of Indiana, if the mother files child support and has no paid lawyer, who is her representation?

Do they have to have a Bar Number or can they be a case worker?

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 20, 2018

The State of Indiana would represent her in a child support matter. The State of Indiana represents the child not mother because the support is for the child not for the mother. Mother can hire private counsel to assist her but the State would still be involved because of the child support action... Read more »

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Q: How long are wages garnished after child turns 18
John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 19, 2018

Until the child turns 19 or they are emancipated prior to that. Child support will not automatically be done at 19 you still need to file for emancipation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: I am filing a CS Mod, father is refusing to supply income info. for worksheet. Can I still file?

I have completed the paper work to file a support modification. Father refuses to assert his income on child support worksheet in an attempt for me to not file and receive more child support. Can I still file and judge mandates he provides the income information.

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 19, 2018

Yes, once you file the motion the judge will order your ex to comply within thirty days or by local rule depending on the county, of the judge signing your motion.

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Q: I have my daughter every other week. Do I still have to pay child support to my ex girlfriend?
John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 12, 2018

Yes, child support is to assist the custodial parent with the child's needs when they are with them and not with the non-custodial parent.

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Q: My husband and I are separated and I filed support. How do I or can I withdrawal the support papers?

If we are working it out?

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Mar 10, 2018

You may be able to go to the child support office you filed in at and dismiss the action. If it does not work out you can re-file it.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: I pay support, not behind. I have not seen my child in 17 months. Father refuses parenting time.

I have not seen my child in 17 months due to her father refusing every option I try. I pay support weekly and I'm not behind what so ever.

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Mar 9, 2018

You need to bring this up with the court that oversees your child custody arrangement. If there is an order in place for parenting time then the father needs to respect that. If he is not then you need to go back to court and have the judge force him to do so.

If there is no order in place...
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