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3 Ways to Get Child Support Fast

Updated on August 19, 2010

How long does it take to begin receiving child support payments?  The answer varies, but usually takes a few months and in some cases even longer than a year.  Because preparing for your little one's arrival is expensive, pregnancy often limits a woman's work availability and post partum recovery takes several week in addition to the fact that you'll want to spend as much time bonding with your baby as possible, being able to receive child support payments quickly can make a big difference in how fast you recover financially from pregnancy.

As a single mother, I'm well aware of the many tricks that father use to avoid paying child support for the children they sire. There are so many ways that a man can use the system to avoid paying child support indefinitely (I've seen cases drag for years) that you have to think smarter and be a step ahead if you want your case to be handled quickly before your ex can do something sneaky like become fully self-employed to mask his income or become a full-time student to drastically decrease his child support requirement. While these tips won't produce miracles, you'll see faster results and hopefully start seeing payments for your child in well under a year.

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1) Pick up the packet from you local Office of Child Support Services BEFORE the baby is born. Depending on what state you live in, it's often part of the Department of Family and Children Services and you can get contact information through them. The packet is several pages long and requires very extensive information (including relationship history, alternate contacts, financial information, drivers license and car tag numbers, bank account numbers, income history, permissions for disclosure, etc.) which takes time and concentration to completely and accurately provide. It will be hard to do this after the little one is born, so make use of your down time during pregnancy. After the baby is born, sign and date all the necessary pages and drop it off with Child Support Services. This usually involves a face to face meeting with a social worker so allow time for that. Filling out the child support paperwork early means you'll be able to file within a week of the birth.

2) Make sure ALL the signatures lines are signed, dated, and notarized where applicable. Failure to do so could delay the child support process significantly. At least one signature is required on almost every page and sometimes the line hard to see because of all the fine print. On some pages, the signature line(s) are in the middle of the document, so look carefully. Going through the child support paperwork packet with a highlighter or color pencil before you start working on it will help make these lines readily visible.

3) Use the months of your pregnancy to begin collecting the information needed for the non custodial parent (NCP) so that you have it all ready. You child's father may be unwilling to divulge most of these things to you, so be discrete and patient. The most important information to get will be 2-3 alternate contacts for your ex including addresses and phone numbers (if you can get his parents' or new girlfriend's contact info, that should help get his attention), his complete work contact information including supervisor's name and phone number, his gross income, drivers licence/tag numbers so they can suspend his driving privileges for nonpayment, and at least one bank account number so you can set up auto draft payments. Of course, Child Support Services will verify all of this, but if he goes into hiding to avoid paying child support, they'll have his bank account numbers and driver's information.

Follow these steps and you'll have your application on the fast track.  It can still sometimes take a few months or even up to a year, depending on many variables with the father's side of the paperwork and how much legal work is required.  Providing as much information upfront will expedite the results.


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      5 years ago

      Sexist? 85 percent of deadbeats are men. How is that sexist? It's fact.

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      7 years ago

      I wish you wouldn't be so sexist in your Hub. While it is true that few dads are allowed to raise their children, one shouldn't be so severely gender specific when discussing how to acquire child support.

      I hate being a deadbeat and articles like what you have do little to encourage fathers and the support they should get for their children.

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      James Cusick 

      8 years ago from 20636

      That does drive home the sad reality that the Child Support and Custody laws are really just weapons which people / parents use to fight against each other.

      Now the table is turned and the nasty shoe is on another foot and it is called reaping what was sown.

      I say we need to severely reform the Child Support and Custody laws before it destroys the lives of more families.

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      momma mia 

      8 years ago

      My ex recently quit his well paying job and doesn't want to pay support any more. He suddenly started showing an interest in our 16 yr old son and asked him to move in with he and his latest girlfriend. This was a ploy so that he didn't have to pay support for him anymore. He had our son sign a legal document stating he wanted to live with his father. Now he and his lawyer are saying that we each take a child and it will be fair! Can they really get away with this??? He was paying $2,000.00 a month and now , not a dime. I just had to put my house on the market for a short sale. I can't pay the bills on my little wages. My attorney hasn't been much help. Can anyone out there give me any guidance?

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      James Cusick 

      8 years ago from 20636

      I disapprove of this Hub as it is like racing to evil, as it is just telling how to steal the Child Support loot as fast as possible.

      Why not try to get married as fast as possible?

      That would be a morally upstanding thing to do instead of trying to rob the father ASAP.

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      8 years ago

      Unfortunately many single parents believe that they must go to court in order receive child support payments. This hub helps single parents to understand their most valuable (and cost effective) resource in the fight for support: state child support services agencies. Very informative.

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      9 years ago from Georgia

      That's very true. I agree that fathers who are honestly putting forth an effort shouldn't be penalized for not being able to provide as much as someone who makes more, and they should certainly not be forced to make payments which exceed what they are financially capable of paying.

      Many women, however, are in a situation similar to mine in which fathers who make 6 figures or more didn't want their children and may have even wanted an abortion or tried to pressure the mother to give the child up for adoption (in my case, he asked me to get my parents to adopt when I wouldn't have an abortion or an outside adoption) in order to avoid their financial responsibilities should be held accountable. When I wouldn't do those things, he suddenly developed an interest in his son about 3 weeks before he was born. He has currently filed falsified documents (in more than just the financial areas) while under oath in order to decrease his child support requirement to a mere pittance and get as much custody as possible despite the fact that his actions and behavior forced me to move over 200 miles away in order to better care for my child as a single mother. He now seems to be running some sort of campaign to establish my incompetency so that he can attempt to take my child away.

      He was willing to pay me whatever was necessary to "get my life back on track" if I gave up the baby for adoption, which is otherwise known as bribery. Since I kept the baby, he's not willing to offer any sort of assistance. That sort of behavior is inexcusable.

      For women who find themselves in this type of situation, I'm trying to educate them as much as possible about the legal system and their rights so they don't get bulldozed by affluent, spoiled brats who are used to getting their way by throwing their money around and turning on false charm.

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      Ann - Family Law Advisor 

      9 years ago

      I believe the law must be much more versatile when it comes to financial aid. We have witnessed lots of people suffering from the financial devastation and they simply can't give what they used to provide their children. As long as you can rationalize in court that you are trying to give as much as you can for your children then that should be responsible enough.

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      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      A helpful and informative hub considering the very high number of deadbeat dads we have in this country. Unfortunately there are also many ways these dads can also avoid paying the support, and thus, people like my aunt didn't finally get their child support until her children were in their 30s. Sad but true and not very uncommon.


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