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Receiving Child Support
Custodial parents receiving TANF or custodial parents, who along with children receiving Medicaid services will be required to pursue services through the local county prosecutor's office. Parents who do not receive TANF or Medicaid are also eligible to receive these services as well. If you need assistance with paternity establishment there is a one-time fee of $25.00 required to start efforts for families not receiving public assistance. There is no fee charged to families who receive TANF or Medicaid.
In Indiana, the law allows you to establish paternity within the first 72 hours after the birth of your child. This can be accomplished when both parents sign a paternity affidavit provided by the State Department of Health. If you and the mother of your child are not married, you should both seriously consider establishing paternity for your child immediately. Paternity is between a father and his child. Some of the benefits of establishing paternity are:
IDENTITY: It is important to know who we are. Your child will benefit from a sense of belonging that comes from knowing both parents.
FINANCIAL: The law requires that both parents support their child. Establishing paternity is the first step in making plans, which can be monitored by the courts, to provide the financial support that your child will need in a way that is fair to both parents.
MEDICAL: A child needs to know if he or she may have inherited any special health problems from either side of the family. Also, it might be possible to obtain medical insurance through a parent's employer, union, or military service.
Your child has the right to other possible benefits from both parents. Many of these benefits may be denied to your child if legal paternity is not established. Some of these benefits may include:
By law, if you sign the paternity affidavit, your name will be listed as the father on the child's birth certificate. If you are not married to the mother of your child at the time your child is born, the state is required to register the child with the mother's last name. If paternity is established by an affidavit, and the mother agrees, you can make sure that your child has your last name.
Every child has the right to the care and support of both parents. The Child Support program enforces this with services that are offered through your Local County Prosecutor's Office.
These services include
Child Support Guidelines
Child support obligations in Indiana are governed by Indiana Child Support Rules and Guidelines. The Child Support Bureau helps Indiana's children and families by enforcing the child support obligations of non-custodial parents. These obligations are what is needed to make sure the children of Indiana are taken care off. There are enforcement tools that Indiana Child Support Uses to enforce and get the child support that is due to the custodial parent.
Indiana Visa Debit Card
The Indiana Child Support Bureau will no longer be printing paper checks for child support payments. All payments posted by the State will be sent to custodial parents electronically. You can use direct deposit or use the new Indiana Visa® Debit Card. This visa card has been in effect since January 2008. This approach allows for a smooth transaction of paying the custodial parent. Electronic payments are safer because it eliminates the possibility of a check being lost, damaged or stolen.
Payment and Customer Service information
Payment information is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, via Indiana Child Support automated Kids Line System at 1-800-840-8757 or locally at 317-233-5437. An official "certified" computer print out can be obtained from the County Clerk's Office where the support order was entered.
A Customer Service Representative is available via Kids Line from 8:00am until 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time by calling 1-800-840-8757 or locally at 317-233-5437.