Like many states, Indiana has passed rules and regulations that provide dependent children with protections. One of these protections is that parents may be required to contribute to a child’s financial well-being by providing child support.

Who Needs to Pay Child Support?

Under Indiana law, a parent of a child is responsible for the financial support of that child. Therefore, non-custodial parents (those parents who do not have majority custody of the child) are required to provide child support.  However, you may no longer be required to pay child support if certain conditions are met. For example, if you can demonstrate that the child is not your yours – through a paternity test – then you would most likely no longer be required to pay child support.

How Do You Petition for Child Support?

In order to apply for child support, a parent can either download the application online or go pick it up in person. The completed application must be taken or mailed in to the child support office. The application requires a lot of information, including, but not limited to, personal history, information about any marriage that might have occurred and any information about the other parent. This includes information about the other parent’s appearance and personal history.

It is important to fill out much of the application as possible. If you have trouble or are unsure of where to find the information, then it is best to contact your local family lawyer who specializes in child support.

What If You Don’t Pay Child Support?

Child support mandates are issued by a court of law and failure to follow those instructions can lead to a contempt of court charge.  Furthermore, failure to pay child support can lead to fines and even imprisonment. In Indiana, failure to pay child support can even lead to a posting on Indiana’s “Most Wanted Child Support Evaders” list.

What Recourse can the Other Parent Have if You Don’t Pay for Support?

If you fail to pay child support, the other parent may be able to bring legal action against you to garnish your wages or otherwise force you to pay child support. Being proactive is usually the best way to ensure that you are asked to only pay what you can afford. This means that you will want an experienced child support lawyer working with you throughout the entire process.

How Can You Stop Paying Child Support?

Once a child support order is in place it can be very difficult to change or terminate. There are very specific legal steps that must be taken if you are seeking to end your child support obligations. In Indiana, a child support lawyer will petition the court on your behalf to make alterations to the child support order. A lawyer can also help you demonstrate that you are not the biological parent of the child and thereby establish that you are not obligated to make child support payments.

Where Can You Find the Right Lawyer?

If you need help with petitioning or adjusting child support, then contact your local Indiana child support lawyer for further advice and legal support relating to child support questions.