North Dakota Child Support

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The matter of child support is contentious in any divorce involving children. Therefore rules and laws are formed to curb this issue and protect the best interests of children. In USA, the federal law requires every state to have its own child support laws. The state of North Dakota in the Midwestern part of the USA also adheres to this rule. Here the courts use a good number of key points while finding out the exact support amount. The non-custodial parent's income and extended visitation rights are some of the factors that impact this amount. This parent has to pay the amount until the children become emancipated. There are various aspects of child support in North Dakota divorce. Parents paying or receiving support need to be aware of the basic guidelines so that they can perform their duties legally.

In North Dakota 'income' or 'income sources' include: overtime, commissions, bonuses, pensions, salaries, disability benefits, worker's compensation, severance pay etc. As stated earlier, a number of factors are considered for child maintenance payment. These are listed below:

  • Number of children
  • Custodial arrangement
  • Financial resources available to each parent

In certain cases, the court may order the non-custodial parent to contribute to child care costs, extraordinary dental, medical or educational expenses and add the child to their health insurance coverage.

Enforcement of Divorce North Dakota Child Support

Let us think of a non-custodial parent who fails to disburse support amount. The North Dakota and Federal child support law permits the following enforcement methods for collection of the present and past-due payments:

  • Charges pertaining to contempt of court: This is inclusive of imprisonment
  • Denial of passport applications
  • Placing liens on property and coercing their sale
  • The credit report agencies are forwarded a report of outstanding balances
  • Interception of federal and state tax refunds
  • Let us consider that the child maintenance amount that is not paid, has mounted to 25,000 USD. In such cases, the following information about the defaulting parent is released in public:
    • Name
    • Date of birth
    • Address that is last known
    • The number of children and their ages
    • Profession
    • Photograph
    • Amount that is owed
      The intention of doing so is that the public can help in locating the parent. The above information can be released through posters, newspapers and websites.
  • If the parent owes 600 USD or more and if there are any lottery winnings, they are directed to child support.
  • An order is issued to the employers to withhold the child subsidy amount from the paycheck.
  • Registrations of airplane, boat, truck and car are suspended.
  • Occupational, professional, hunting and driver's licenses as well as business permits are suspended.

Highlights of Divorce North Dakota Child Support

  • Child Support Services means the following:
    • Establishment of child and medical support orders
    • Establishment of paternity
    • Location of absent parents
    • Review of child support orders
    • Enforcement of support orders
  • There is no application fee to apply for Child Support Enforcement Services. There are 2 locations where the application forms can be procured:
    • State Child Support Enforcement Agency
    • Regional Child Support Enforcement Unit (RCSEU)
  • Let us think of a non-custodial parent, who resides in another state and has stopped paying the support amount. The RCSEU can request the other state to enforce the order. Now, the other state has the responsibility of implementing relevant actions while adhering to their own state laws. The other method is that the RCSEU can make attempts to locate the employer of the parent. Further, the RCSEU can try to ask the employer to practice income withholding.
  • When the SDU (State Disbursement Unit) receives a payment, then generally it processes this payment on the same day. In case of peak days (like the 1st of each month), the receiving team may be delayed by a day. After the processing of a payment is over, the checks are prepared the same night and on the next business day, they are mailed to the family
  • In North Dakota, a child gets emancipated at the age of 18. The support continues upto this age, if the child is in high school and resides with the custodial parent or guardian. However, the support orders may be changed and extended until the child turns 19 or becomes a high school graduate, whichever occurs earlier.

It is the duty of every parent to support their children. Your child is depending on you and so needs your financial and emotional support. This is also true about divorcing parents in New York. Parents should follow the guidelines pertaining to child support in New York divorce in order to give their children what they deserve.

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