Divorce can be such a nasty thing. While in many cases divorce is necessary and the best course of action, it can be difficult, especially if children are involved. Divorce brings on so many new feelings and emotions for children. But the parents also are experiencing a new way of life that is difficult and new. If you have been awarded child support by the courts, now is the time to get the money you are owed. If you are struggling to get child support out of your ex-spouse, here are some steps you can take.
While every state has different laws governing child support, these ideas are general steps that can be taken in any state in the United States.
Do not ignore the situation. The last thing you want to do is pretend that the situation isn’t happening. Maybe it’s easier for you not to talk to your ex, but if he or she owes you money, you need to take the steps to get in contact.
Along those same lines, talk to the one who owes you child support first. Often, it’s just an oversight or a miscommunication as to why they aren’t paying child support. A simple phone call or email could clear the situation up quickly.
If your own efforts have fallen short, contact the Child Support Enforcement Program in your state. Most offices are located under the human services section in the government section of the phone book.
If the child was born out of wedlock, establish paternity. You’ll have to get some DNA tests to prove paternity. This is necessary if the child was born out of wedlock.
Remember, child support is money that is owed to you. It’s time to take some action and get the help you need.