Q+A: Indiana's child support system

Join Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney and local experts for a discussion about the state of the child support system in Indiana.

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    Investigators find, arrest child support deadbeats in growing Indiana trend

    RTV6Some county prosecutors in Indiana have begun hiring their own child support investigators with law enforcement powers as a more aggressive way to find child support fugitives.
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    They take 55% of our pay and expect us to be able to be able to pay our other bills. I realize my responsibility however it'd be nice to have money to pay my bills as well as be able to take her out and do something fun with her during our time. They take 55% of our money and don't give us 50% of shared time. So basically you're saying the money is more important than time with the non custodial parent. Yep seems about right!!!
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    It seems that the primary reason Indiana and other states are so proactive in collecting is so they can get their hands on a portion of the proceeds. I have often wondered how quickly the states would drop their pursuit if they couldn't collect a "tax" on the weekly payments in the form of poundage. Why aren't they as aggressive in collecting for those owed hundreds and not thousands even though the obligations can go back for years?
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    I really dislike the term "dead beat dad". My son 28, currently lives at my home. He cannot find stable work. Tem services help, but they are not reliable. He is $9000 behind on his 6 year old son and is to pay $81 per week. His pay check is about $210 per week. He has no car, but needs one. ently went to court for being behind on support and was told by the judge to come back with a lawyer or go to jail... He makes too much for free legal aide or medcaid. A lawyer will cost him around $800. He starts a new "temp job" next week. How is he supposed to move on his own? I can't afford to help him...
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    I am the mother of 3 children and share the custody 50/50. I get to divert "income" into my company's deferred share plan and deferred pension benefits each year so these don't count for income purposes. So my six figure income is minimized and I only have to pay the kids low income father about $200 per week. Please don't change a thing !
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    43% of babies in Indiana are born to unwed parents. Roughly half of marriages end in divorce. #Childsupport is a huge state issue.
    I currently have $250 taken out of my pay check twice per month, for a total of $500 per month. Which is $80.00 above what I have been ordered to pay. I have tried to have it changed, as well as tried to file various things with the Marion County courts, only to have the clerks tell me that the documentation is not typed out correctly, or on the proper form.
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    What bothers me the most about having to pay court-ordered child support is my daughter's mother has a college degree, yet still chooses to work part-time at Target because she doesn't have to get a real job to pay her bills because of the "CHILD" support she receives!

    I have a really good job and make decent money, but I end up having the equivalent of a mortgage payment come out of my paycheck every month because she will NOT get a REAL job. I wish the State would do something about the mothers who COULD do more, but decide that the "CHILD" support they receive is their money so they don't have to have a real job.

    One of the best, funniest things that I have seen on the internet said "It's called CHILD support, not lazy [bad-word here] support!" While rude & crude, it's dead-on in some cases!

    Fathers out there, keep your heads up, keep being involved in YOUR child's life, and be the best man that you can be for them. Show them how much you love them and how good of a man you are, so despite what they might hear at home, THEY can make their own opinion of you. GO DADS!!!
    by Provider,up-to-date,paying... edited by Kelly, Digital EP 2/5/2015 9:03:35 PM
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    Some parents are concerned about #childsupport in Indiana. @KaraKenney6's special report airs tonight at 7. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9GHCJ2IEAId2M3.png

    Why do they give the lower income parent a greater "credit" for visitation when regardless of how much you make food, clothing etc cost the same! Why do they pursue fathers way faster than mothers?

    I have a deadbeat non custodial mother who has gone months without paying a dime. She was only ordered to pay about $200 a month for THREE kids that she only seen about 30 days a year. She's a college grad, and is capable of making 60k a year or more, refuses to show how much she really makes, even when ordered by the court, and yet they set her income at minimum wage and NEVER enforce the child support or their orders to show proof of income, and yet I have to show proof of MY income and MY expenses!
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    State of Indiana ruled back in 2014 that children age 19 are emancipated for child support purposes. Therefore, the non-custodial parent gets off the hook for any and all child support. Even if the child is in college. Additionally, child support was calculated to give non-custodial parent credit for overnight parenting times, as well as carrying health insurance.

    There is no enforcement of parenting time, or healthcare, just the garnishment of the child support from his wages. So non-custodial parent quits job. Keeps himself underemployed so he makes less money than custodial parent. Also so that no health insurance would be available to him. So kids have no insurance. Who gets socked with the bills?

    Custodial parent, who after going into debt over carrying entire burden of paying all uninsured medical expenses in addition to all extra curricular school expenses, books, fees, etc., finally can afford health insurance. Then the ACA rules mandate all kids stay on health insurance until age 26 or until they get their own through work. Meaning...custodial parent gets stuck paying for ALL MEDICAL for the kids between ages 19-26!!!

    Now that he's off the hook, he gets a management job like he was qualified for 15 years ago. There is no enforcement of any of this, except the child support $. Custodial parent has to pay a lawyer to take other parent to court in order to get it changed. We don't have this kind of money. I get $50 every week for the one child under 19 now. And you're telling me this is supposed to be his share of food, clothing, medical, school expenses, lunches, field trips, dental, vision, medicines, etc.?? The formula, and the system doesn't work!!
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    Additionally, he doesn't even fulfill his overnights, and hasn't for 3 years!! :(
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    Was wondering if you get a divorce and in the papers it says to pay child support until 21 while they are in school but you are also paying half of the college tuition then the law changes to say 19 years old how do we summit the papers to have the judge go over it.
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    To make matters worse...I make barely over the maximum allowable, so I haven't qualified for any welfare assistance in over 10 years. So many non-custodial parents know how to work the system, and it's their kids who suffer!!! We need advocates who can help us fight this brokenness!
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    I have been to court too many times to count and called the prosecutor's office on Tuesday and Thursday most the time receiving no help or answers. I am owed almost $16,000 in child support and still no justice on my side. When will it be enough to get help? When my child is grown? Literally 5 and a half years I have been going to court and he has not been arrested once. Enough is enough!
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    I have given the prosecuters office all the info to have my child's father served in order to prove paternity and start child support for the past 3yrs. But for some reason he "cant be found" what else can be done? I am ready to say forget it since you all cant find him.
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    Is it true or false that a father who pays support can claim there child that doesn't live with them on there taxes every other year. I say false! I think this is a myth that a lot of people say that's not true!
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    Why do the courts not treat custodial and non-custodial parents equally across the board including financially? Why is it that we place a percentage and accountability on only the financial responsibility? Custodial parents who have been gives full physical and / or legal rights to a child should not be without some level of accountability to the courts for the welfare of that child. If the courts are supposed only interested in the welfare of the child, why wouldn't this accountability of the custodial parent be part of the standard support agreement? There are too many cases where the custodial parent collects support and let's the child do whatever they want. The legal system I understand can't fix family problems. However, it can determine if a child is suffering from being under the custody of a parent who isn't performing up to a certain level of standards. I would like to know if there is any consideration for more standardization is what is truly required to be included for child support and if accountability for the custodial parent will ever be part of those standards?
    Also, regarding non-custodial parent support, would capping allowable expenses help with deadbeats?
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    Why has my child support for my daughter stopped after she turned 19yrs old. She is a full time College student out of state and I still need the support?
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    Is it wrong to make your ex pay child support consistent with your agreement and not try to wiggle out of the last six months of the agreement when you never once asked for an additional dime of child support during all the years he had it automatically deducted from his paycheck because his new wife would insist on spending it somehow?
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    My ex stopped paying child support 5 months ago because he was fired. Nothing happened. The state did not ask him why the payments stopped, nor did they advise me on how to get back payments once he was employed again. Is this all up to me? Why should child support go through the "state" if the "state" doesn't do anything to monitor monthly payments.
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    And they took you to court twice and never paid the settlement amount?
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    or accuse you of spending it on something other than the kids?
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    I would like to know why the state does not recognize the extra medical portion that is owed as part of child support? They figure it up on the child support work sheet yet will NOT recognize when the parent will not pay.You constantly pay for attorneys to collect it & go to court, they place a judgement on it & let him file bankruptcy on it. To top it all off, the courts want to base the household income total on how they determine things. Why is he forced to pay for a child not his?
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    Why is there no accountability for the child support money? N why is it calculated on gross? N why is not reported on taxes? N why should the child be taken from one person given to another n then take his money n give to that person or force them to pay? Does it make any sense to you?
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    I Would Like To Know Why My Stepson Has To Keep Paying More And More Child Support Everytime You Turn Around His Ex Wife Is Taking Him back To Court For More Child Support He Is Already Paying Over $500.00 A Month And He Only Has 2 Kids who He Hasn't Seen In Three Years And The Money Is Not Being Spent On Them What Can He Do
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    I think they should do away with it
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    I just attempted to file my taxes & the non custodial parent filed my child. He has only seen her 3x last year & pays support when he feels like it and he owes back support. How can I or who can I contact in order to file & claim my child?
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    How can I proceed in getting any amount of child support from the non custodial parent that has just been released from prison for a different offense & that refuses to pay but is ordered to pay? He can come by my house & demand to see the kids but while in prison wrote letters denying they were his & said he would press fraud charges on me for saying he's the dad but then comes over here like nothing happened. The kids are now 18 & 16 & I have never denied him visitation but he comes when it's convenient for him (with no notice & sometimes really drunk) & he has to know where I live at all times because of the court order & because "he has rights" but he does not have to tell me where he's at & that makes it really hard for me to go after him for child support & I owe college fees for my daughter & over $1.000 in band fees for my other daughter so some help would be nice!
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    I have a general question - Is there anything in place to cross reference those that are applying for public assistance with those that are behind on their child support obligations. So that those not following the STATE COURT ORDERED SUPPORT ORDER do not also get FREE ASSISTANCE from the same STATE that they are failing to pay the order
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    Here is something I spoke to Kara about earlier..... I have never gone back to get my arrearage taken off of my support payments. After I got caught up every 6 months I get a refund check from the child support office. Why don't they keep it in case I miss a payment?
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    I would settle for his tax check, because he won't pay me. He works but files rapid refund jointly with his wife and we never see a penny. 13 years now. We have been to court and they literally do nothing#
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    So...if a father owes child support for children who are now adults. .what is the likelihood of getting amy of the child support that has been owed since the kids were 2 and 1? And they are now 23 and 22
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    Why is it that I have to go to court to pay the same amount when I'm working and when I'm laid off for lack of work. And why do I have to pay so much when she refuses to work, having a masters degree in chemistry, but chooses not to work and be supported by her boyfriend and my child support? I have to pay even if I'm not working. I find it amazing that the support goes down $53 a week from $171 to $118 a week and her boyfriend leaves her and now all of a sudden she can find a job in her field, but the last 3 years she couldn't?
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    What would you consider the average support for a non-custodial parent? Also, if a child is fifteen and doesn't want anything to do with their non-custodial parent, is it possible to get visitation rights revoked? Thanks!
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    How is it fair if CP files papers with court to increase support and then keeps continuing the case over and over for longer than six months so when you finally do get to court and the judge orders higher support it gets back dated to the date of filing
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    another general question - for example I receive no assistance from the government - and on top of that I also receive no could support and I do work and do not qualify for any assistance of any kind . Is their no way that the STATE can put in place something that would provide the books and lunch fees and then get repayment from the person ordered to pay support. the same way they do for TANF .
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    Would there ever be any consideration for reasonable retirement accounts to be excluded from support income calculations? I can see an abuse here if not done right, but there should be an allowance for some retirement savings without penalizing the person.

    Also, since a child's life is changed as a result of divorce and their living arrangement is not the same as if the parents never divorced, why is the system dead set on trying to make laws to support something that doesn't actually exist anymore?

    With children being dependant upon an adult until they are able to support themselves, shouldn't the legislation also consider the welfare of the child in addition to both parents? It should be supportive of assisting families deal and cope with this. The so called class when the parents divorce is a joke. It does not help out these families. What is broken in the family cannot be mended with a single class! Is there any consideration for a much more longer term counseling program that lasts for the term of the support agreement? I would much rather see this than some other state or federally funded programs.
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    My case was settled in mediation. To get more guaranteed time with my daughter I had to agree to child support and other costs. I have her half the time and still have to pay support. How can I get it to stop so I'm not living check by check?
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    I have given the prosecuters office all the info to have my child's father served in order to prove paternity and start child support for the past 3yrs. But for some reason he "cant be found" what else can be done? I am ready to say forget it since you all cant find him.
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    I am currently ordered to pay the health insurance on my child and child support weekly. I also am ordered to pay 15% of any overtime I make to the mother quarterly. This past week I started a new job with a substantial pay increase but it is also salary so no more overtime payments. Do I need to report this or wait until my ex petitions to modify when she realizes she will not get a second quarter overtime check? I will still carry the health insurance and as of right now the support remains the same.
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