Child support can cause trouble for California couples

By |2022-04-04T19:04:34+00:0028 Nov 2012|Categories: Arrears, Child Support, Out-Of-State, Parental Relocation|

Child support can cause trouble for California couples

California parents who pay child support may be able to learn a valuable lesson from a Chicago man who recently faced trouble regarding child support payments even after he diligently made every scheduled support payment for more than 10 years.

Unknown to him, his troubles began when his former girlfriend, the mother of twin girls, moved out of Illinois several years ago. He continued to make child support payments to the state of Illinois through payroll deductions. Illinois sent the money directly to the woman in whichever state she was then living.

When she moved to Mississippi, the state of Illinois continued to send the father’s support directly to her. As a result, Mississippi had no record of past transactions and in 2009, Mississippi ordered the man to pay $900 in back child support.

As a result, he began to pay an additional $95 per week, also to the state of Illinois. Unfortunately, Illinois still sent the money directly to his former girlfriend, so Mississippi again had no records of payments. In July 2012, Mississippi sent the man a document demanding $5,100 in back child support.

Because the states of Illinois and Mississippi were not in direct contact with one another, the problem took a while to solve. Eventually, the state of Illinois agreed to send a $1,505.69 refund to the man for his overpayments.

Similar cases may also happen in California when custodial parents move out of state. When couples split, one parent may choose to move to a different location. Regardless, children still need the financial support of both parents.

It may be helpful for parties going through divorce or who are required to pay child support to speak to a lawyer about differing state’s laws when one parent decides to relocate.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Problem solver: child support case becomes a hot mess,” Jon Yates, Nov. 18, 2012

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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