Collected Unpaid Child Support Written by Detra Davis
There is nothing more discouraging than doing right thing and not getting credit for it. How many non-custodial parents are paying child support only to have it lost by a disbursement center that is under staffed and technologically inapt?
There is over $100 Billion in accumulated unpaid support owed to 18 million children in United States, according to The Federal Office of Child Support in Preliminary Statistics for 2003. Most states cannot explain existence of “undistributed funds” nor do they know to whom money rightfully belongs. The “undistributed funds” are created when non-custodial parents decide to make a check out to a child support agency or custodial parent and avoid putting a docket number or case number on check. It is honorable to pay child support. It is foolish to think that a check or money order made out incorrectly will get to intended custodial parent and child.
If you pay child support and you think state disbursement agency has not forwarded support funds to custodial parent, there are a few things you can do:
1. Request an audit of your child support case. You want to know where each and every penny has gone. 2. Keep a record of your child support payments whether there is a wage assignment and funds are automatically taken from your earnings or you pay custodial parent directly, document everything and keep all earning statements that detail deduction.
The Top 5 Reasons Why Unwed-Parents Must Establish PaternityWritten by Detra Davis
“It takes a village to raise a child” is more than an African proverb, and when village is small and one parent is missing task becomes even more challenging. Fortunately, being proactive and understanding your rights as a parent will help alleviate any issues that might arise as you take on role of single parent. Every child has right to a parent-child relationship with both parents, and all three deserve an opportunity to develop, enjoy and grow in relationship.
Establishing Paternity 1. Every child has right to know both parents and have father’s name appear on birth certificate. Voluntarily establishing paternity is not expensive and does not have to involve an attorney or attorney fees. Both parents may contact State Department/Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Central Paternity Registry, or Department of Community Health and request an Affidavit of Paternity. There may be a small fee for filing this document but it will ensure legal paternity is established.
Paternity Testing 2. Paternity testing is a series of genetic tests used to indicate likelihood that a man is, or is not biological father of a child. The most common method used today is DNA testing which are 99.9 percent accurate in determining that a man is not father. The child can be tested at any age, and DNA test is obtained by rubbing a cotton tipped swab on inside of check or DNA can be extracted from blood or other tissues. The court will determine who will pay for paternity test. Laboratories performing paternity test should be accredited by American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).