Demand and Claim Child Support Payments In 3 Steps
Do you need to demand child support payments in Louisiana? If you're a custodial parent and the non-custodial parent isn't contributing financially, you may have decided that initiating child support is the best solution. Unfortunately, getting a child support case started isn't always the easiest process. There are a lot of important steps involved with initiating child support payments.
For instance, custodial parents must figure out where the official Louisiana child support office is, as well as, its location. Additionally, parents must present certain documents to move the case along, such as the income of parents and the current parent schedule.
At DoNotPay, we know that the process of getting child support payments started can be difficult. Luckily, we're here to make the process a lot easier for you to navigate. Today we're going to show you a step-by-step guide on how to initiate child support payments in Louisiana and why DoNotPay is the best solution to quickly and easily demand payments.
About Louisiana Child Support
The Department of Children and Family Services provides child enforcement services for residents in the state of Louisiana. This division is dedicated to providing a variety of services for parents in support of the child's needs. Here are some services offered by its enforcement sector.
|Parent Locator||If you need help finding the other parent, the DCFS enforcement division will help you find the non-custodial parent with the help of the information they receive from the Federal Parent Locator Service. This service provides information on those receiving the following:
In addition to this, Louisiana is a part of the Electronic Parent Locate database, which is a combination of 18 states that put information into one database.
|Establishing Orders||Louisiana's enforcement service helps determine the amount the non-custodial parent must pay based on the Child Support Award Guidelines.|
|Establishing Paternity||According to Louisiana state law, an unmarried father who has had a child is not responsible for child support payments until a paternity test has been taken. Louisiana enforcement services do this in two ways:
How Are Child Support Payments Enforced in Louisiana?
If a non-custodial parent is refusing to pay child support in Louisiana, payments can be enforced using a variety of methods. Methods include:
- Interception of state and federal tax refunds
- Interception of lottery winning
- Income assignments
- Suspension of license (occupations, recreational, professional, hunting and fishing)
- Suspension of vehicle registration
- Contempt of court hearings
- Passport denial
How to Start a Child Support Case on Your Own
- Visit the official website here.
- Choose whether you would like to do an online or paper application.
- If you choose an online application, fill out all of the requested information and submit your application. Follow any additional prompts on the screen.
- If you fill out a paper application, you will need to download the file, print it out, and mail a complete application form to the Child Support Enforcement Regional Office in your area.
It's important to note that applicants who do not receive FITAP, KCSP, or Medicaid may be required to pay a non-refundable $25 fee. If you decide to mail your complete application, you can pay your fee with a cashier's check or money order made payable to DCFS. Be sure to include the following on your money order or check for identification purposes:
- Social security number
Child Support Guides by State
Each state has different rules and regulations regarding child support, making the entire process confusing and overwhelming. Luckily, DoNotPay has child support guides for each state. Find yours below:
How to Demand Child Support Payments With the Help of DoNotPay
Taking care of a child is certainly a lot of responsibility. Even more, it's a responsibility that should be shared between two parents. Some parents may need to set up child support payments if the non-custodial parent is not providing financially.
Unfortunately, starting a child support case on your own isn't always the simplest process. There are a lot of steps involved in initiating a child support case, which can be quite time-consuming. The good news is that you don't have to start the process on your own. DoNotPay makes it easier for you to demand child support payments using our product.
How to file a demand letter for late child support payments using DoNotPay:
- Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.
- Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.
- Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.
And that's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter on your behalf. If you don't hear back or see the payment within 2 weeks of delivery, you can escalate the case to court. Are you ready to demand child support to help care for your child financially? Get started with DoNotPay's product by signing up today.