Single mom having questions about filing child support

Gina - posted on 11/15/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'm a single mom recently split from father, who doesn't contribute much because of economy. I thought about filing child support, but have heard different things. I just want to know if it's really worth the hastle. I don't know how to find out what I'm entitled to, but I've heard it isn't much.

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Sheena - posted on 10/15/2010

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Well, honestly I got away VERY lucky with child support. I was told it takes $480 a month to raise a child my daughters age (2), and they have him paying $430. lol It's definitely worth it, BUT he wants nothing to do with her so that might make things different. It depends on how much he makes and how much you make for them to come up with an amount. All we had was one court date and that was it. Nothing too stressful but everyone's situation is different. I wish you luck! =)

KRYSTL - posted on 10/15/2010

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yes you should have some kind of papers stating he needs to support his child. In texas its 20% of the income that make, no matter how much they make. If its not a whole lot, they still take out the 20%. They dont go off your income at all. They dont take into accout any bills, just his income. Yes it does take a while for things to get handled but eventually it will.

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Faye - posted on 10/16/2010

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Getting the tax return depends on the sperm donor filing income taxes. Some try to get out of filing so that the money does not go to the child. But Uncle Sam does make sure to send the money WHEN he does file.

Jennifer - posted on 10/16/2010

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It is so worth it!! If you don't get the money now... for you child.... you will get it as soon as he has money. Until then....it will add up. And you will get it out of his taxes every year that he is behind!!!! :) Right now... the father of my child is behind 5,000 dollars. So I know for the next 5 years.. I will get all his tax money.. and he will get nothing. Its a good feeling in the end....

Lisa - posted on 10/15/2010

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It really is not that hard, just go to the health and human services and fill out the paper work. They will serve him with papers to go to court and if he don't show up he will have a warrant for his arrest. its simple as that. You should definitely do it.

Faye - posted on 10/15/2010

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KS child support guidlines are gross income and the number of kids under the age of 18 the father has. My ex had 4 total when we divorced in 2005. His total per month for our two kids was $364 a month. The total for his oldest was around $160 a month. If he would split from his current wife then she would be entitled to about $215 a month for thier 5 yo, as the two older kids are now over the age of 18.

Chelsea - posted on 10/15/2010

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it can be a long process. but it definately is worth it.. u can fill out an application online or go to ur local human resouce center... but u should make sure u know his social and birthday

Eboni - posted on 10/14/2010

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I have one question? I apllied for child support over a year ago , the father cannot be found to establish paternity. But , the funny thing every time they run his name and ssn the job he has worked on for twenty years keep popping up. Child Support has sent a letter to his employer for a current adressand they replied in one day. Everytime I call the customer service line , I am told they haven't served him yet . How long will it take ? Can they serve him on his job? If they cannot find him to serve him , What's my next step?

Gina - posted on 11/15/2008

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Thank you for the response! Do you know if they take into account bills paid out or just the gross income? Right now because of the economy he doesn't get his full 40 hours a week, I wonder how they are going to calculate what should be owed. I tried using the calculator on the Human Resources site, but for some reason it's not working right.Maybe I'm not doing it right:)

Tara - posted on 11/15/2008

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Go for it!! What your child is entitled to depends on both incomes. Go to your state's Department of Human Services website and look for the child support calculation guideline. It will give you somewhat of an idea of what you will receive. Then, apply for services. It is free, so it takes a while for them to get it in gear. Mine was handled by my attorney during the divorce proceedings, but I have heard about how they are overloaded...but they get it done, it just takes a while.

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