How to Demand and Collect Child Support In RI

Child Support Payments How to Demand and Collect Child Support In RI

How to Demand and Collect Child Support In RI

It's never easy to break off a relationship, especially when children are involved. The process becomes even harder when an ex-spouse refuses to pay the child support you need to provide a quality life for your child. If your ex-partner fails to pay child support that the court-ordered, you can demand RI child support payments. 

Fortunately, recent laws and regulations have made it more difficult for parents to avoid paying child support without severe repercussions, though there are several steps you may have to take to enforce child support. With DoNotPay, you can demand child support payments with just a few minutes of your time and clicks on your computer or taps on your smartphone.

How Is Child Support Established?

Many parents negotiate a child support amount on their own based on their state's guidelines, though plenty of other parents have difficulty agreeing on a final amount. In these cases, a local agency or judge can help set an amount, and a lawyer can help you file a request for a child support order beforehand. In many cases, a paternity test is also required to establish paternity without a doubt.

How to Demand Child Support Payments on Your Own

Although it is possible for you to draft a RI child support demand letter on your own, you must make sure you include all of the required elements to make it a valid request. Single parents know that receiving the child support payments they are owed would help their financial situation immensely, but the step of writing a formal letter to an ex-partner can be enough to make them forgo child support payments altogether.

If you want to attempt to write a RI child support demand letter on your own, you must follow these five steps:

  1. Place the date at the top of the letter
  2. Address the letter to the ex-partner who owes child support
  3. Write a paragraph that lists the agreed-upon terms of court-ordered child support
  4. Add a date that you must receive the payments by, at least 14 days from the date you send the letter
  5. End the letter with a reminder that failure to pay within the designated window can result in legal action.

Once you are done with your letter, send it to your ex-partner and wait for a response. The wait can be agonizing, but you must wait until the due date you listed passes before you can take any other action. If your ex-partner fails to respond or make a payment, you can contact a local child support enforcement agency or law enforcement department that can help you locate your ex-partner and collect payments. 

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:

South CarolinaKansasNorth Dakota
Rhode IslandNebraskaMississippi
New MexicoOhioArkansas
New HampshireNevadaArizona
AlabamaKentuckyWest Virginia
Washington StateColoradoIndiana
CaliforniaNew YorkNew Jersey
FloridaNorth CarolinaWisconsin

How DoNotPay Can Help You Demand Rhode Island Child Support Payments

If the idea of demanding child support payments on your own leaves you feeling anxious and overwhelmed, you're not alone. It can be an intimidating task by yourself, but DoNotPay has made the entire process easier than ever. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. 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.


  3. 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! From here, you can focus on taking care of your child while we get right to work on your request.

What Happens if a Parent Fails to Pay RI Child Support?

The state of Rhode Island has plenty of measures to help enforce the child support order, including:

  • Withholding income tax returns
  • Placing liens on real estate
  • Denying passports
  • Suspending driver's license or professional credentials

These are just a few of the many methods the state of Rhode Island uses to ensure that parents pay their share of child support. If these measures don't work, your ex-partner may face criminal charges. These measures only stay in effect until the child support payments are emancipated.

In most cases, child support gets emancipated when the child turns 18, gets married, joins the military, or is self-supporting. If the child turns 18 while still in high school, the court can require payments to continue until after graduation.

What Else Can DoNotPay Help Me With?

DoNotPay, the world's first robot lawyer, was designed to use artificial intelligence to help people like you get more done with less effort. Besides demanding child support payments, DoNotPay can also help you with the following:

If you are struggling to check items off of your to-do list, visit DoNotPay today to see which items we can do for you!

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