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Mississippi Child Support

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Mississippi Child Support is here to help and make sure that all your child support questions are answered. The Title IV-D of the Social Security Act was Established in 1975 to help make sure that every child gets the support of both parents.

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States are required under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to establish and operate a Child Support Enforcement Program. The Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Enforcement is dedicated to providing the best possible services.


Some of these services include:

  • Location of non-custodial parents
  • Establishment of paternity
  • Establishment of orders for child support and medical support
  • Collection and distribution of support payments
  • Enforcement of child support orders
  • Review and adjustment of orders
  • Working with child support programs in other states to collect child support


Establishing Paternity

Mississippi Child Support has a program called ASAP. The program makes it possible for parents to establish paternity in hospitals and other birthing facilities. The program allows the father's name to be added to the birth certificate. Paternity means fatherhood.

Paternity is in question when a child is born of unmarried parents. If a child's parents are not married, paternity can be established through voluntary acknowledgment or through court proceedings. It is important for a child to know who they are and to feel the sense of belonging.



The following are benefits that establishing paternity can bring to the child:

  • Identity
  • Medical History
  • Medical Benefits
  • Child Support Benefits
  • Veteran's benefits
  • life insurance
  • Social Security Benefits


Child Support: A financial support paid by a parent to help support a child or children of whom they do not have custody. Child support can be entered into voluntarily or ordered by a court or a properly empowered administrative agency, depending on each State’s laws.


Applying for services

Applying for Mississippi Child Support services is an easy task to do. There a few steps you must take in order to qualify for support services. If you are a TANF, Medicaid, Foster Care or Food Stamp recipient, you will automatically be referred to a child support office for child support services. There is no fee involved.

If you are not a TANF, Medicaid, Foster Care or Food Stamp recipient, you can obtain an application for child support services and pay a one time application fee of $25.00. You can pick up and complete an application for locate only services free of charge. Call or visit your local county child support office.


How much child support will I receive?

Mississippi Child Support Codes establish guidelines for child support obligations. These guidelines provide the percentage of the non-custodial parent's adjusted gross income that should be awarded for support based on the number of children due support. The guidelines are listed below.

One child - 14%
Two children - 20%
Three children - 22%
Four children - 24%
Five or More children - 26%


What enforcement and collection methods are used to enforce child support?


Enforcement methods are:


Contempt Action- A non-custodial parent can be taken back to court for non-compliance with the court order. This action could result in the court ordering the non-custodial parent to be incarcerated.


Credit Bureau Reporting - A non-custodial parent will be reported to the credit bureau if he/she becomes delinquent in child support.


License Suspension - Any individual who fails to comply with a subpoena or warrant relating to paternity or support, as well as failing to provide court ordered child support, is subject to having his/her license suspended; (i.e., drivers, professional, other state issued licenses, etc.)


Passport Revocation - A non-custodial parent with child support arrears of $2,500 or more will have his/her passport revoked or application denied.


Court Ordered Employment - Courts can order a non-custodial parent to get a job.


Collection methods:


Income Withholding- The employer takes the child support from the non-custodial parent's paycheck.


Tax Offset Intercept - Past due support is taken out of any refund due the non-custodial parent from IRS or State taxes.


Unemployment Intercept - Current child support is taken out of the non-custodial parent's unemployment check.


Terms that can help


Alleged Father

An alleged father is a man who claims or is claimed by another person to be the father of a child, but who has not been legally determined to be the father of that child.


Income Withholding

Income withholding is the deduction of the current basic support, child care support, medical support, or spousal support obligation and arrears from an obligor's wages or other sources of income.


Medical Support

Medical support is the providing of health care coverage for a joint child by carrying health care coverage for the joint child or by contributing to the cost of health care coverage, public coverage, reimbursed medical expenses, and uninsured medical expenses of the joint child.


Modification

A modification is a court-approved change in terms of an order for maintenance or support because of one of the following conditions:


  • Substantially increased or decreased earnings of a party
  • Substantially increased or decreased need of a party or the child
  • Receipt of public assistance
  • A change in the cost of living for either party
  • Extraordinary medical expenses of the child
  • Substantial increase or decrease in work-related or education-related child care expenses
  • Emancipation of the child


License Suspension Program

The License Suspension Program is a federally mandated program to suspend individual licenses for non-payment of child support. The suspension of driver's, professional and recreational licenses was created as an enforcement tool. During State Fiscal Year 2008, 12,059 licenses were suspended which resulted in $3,654,066 being collected on behalf of the children of Mississippi.


This Suspension Applies To:

  • Occupational licenses
  • Professional licenses
  • Business and Alcoholic Beverages licenses
  • Driver's licenses
  • Hunting/Fishing licenses


How it works is:

When a non-custodial parent has become two months behind in making payments, the licensee will be subject to the licenses suspension procedure. Licensing agencies provide information on licensees to MDHS at least quarterly. MDHS runs a database match against a list of delinquent parents. MDHS sends a notice to licensees who meet the criteria giving the licensee 90 days to pay the arrears or to work out a payment plan. Note: The stipulated payment plan must be submitted to court for approval.

If a delinquent parent does nothing or if an agreed payment schedule for the arrears is not reached within the 90-day period, a notice is sent to the licensing agency to suspend the license. A suspended license may be reinstated if the delinquent parent subsequently pays or agrees to a payment plan. Additionally, in any contempt proceeding for failure to pay child support, the judge may order license suspension. Failure to pay under the agreed judgment will subject the licensee to immediate license suspension. Any licensed attorney may apply through MDHS for license information in a non-MDHS case.


Due Process

Licensee may request a review by MDHS on issues of correct personal identification and state of delinquency. Suspension may be appealed to the Chancery Court.


Customer Service


Region One

Mississippi Child Support Regional Office
P. O. Box 1027
Oxford, MS 38655-1027


Phone...................(662) 232-2438
Fax.......................(662) 236-0228


Region Two

Mississippi Child Support Regional Office
P. O. Box 1638
Grenada, MS 38901-0945


Phone..................(662) 226-1416
Fax......................(662) 226-1432


Region Three

Mississippi Child Support Regional Office
P. O. Drawer 865
Louisville, MS 39339-0865


Phone..................(662) 773-8834
Fax......................(662) 773-8820


Region Four

Mississippi Child Support Regional Office
P. O. Box 865
Starkville, MS 39759


Phone..................(662) 320-9566
Fax......................(662) 615-4927


Region Five

Mississippi Child Support Regional Office
P. O. Box 100
Raleigh, MS 39153-0100


Phone..................(601) 782-9800
Fax......................(601) 782-4918


Region Six

Mississippi Child Support Regional Office
10260 Larkin Smith Road
Gulfport, MS 39503


Phone..................(228) 897-5697
Fax......................(228) 897-5703


Region Seven

Mississippi Child Support Regional Office
P. O. Box 11677
Jackson, MS 39283

Phone..................(601) 432-1200
Fax......................(601) 432-1206



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