Even if the non-custodial parent lives in another state, the law requires cooperation between states. The non-custodial parent is legally required to make regular child support payments, regardless of where they live.
If a non-custodial parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures by the State of Louisiana to collect regular and past-due payments.
Federal law requires all states to have a child support enforcement program. In Louisiana, the program is administered by the Department of Social Services, Office of Family Support, Support Enforcement Services (SES).
|LOUISIANA SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT SERVICES CASELOAD STATISTICS1|
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1 U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement, Boxscores for FY 2005
The State of Louisiana does not currently allow for interest to be charged on missed payments or retroactive support.
The statute of limitations for child support enforcement in Louisiana is 10 years.
Paternity must be established by the age of majority, which is generally 18 years of age in Louisiana.
Louisiana's Civil Code Article 29 specifies the age of majority as 18 years of age.
Louisiana Revised Statue 9:309(C)allows for child support to be paid for a child past the age of majority if the child is unmarried, a full time student in good standing in a secondary school, and dependent on either parent or if the child is a developmentally disabled support may be paid up to age 22 years of age.
Louisiana child support guidelines are based on the number of children, the combined adjusted monthly net income of both parents, child care costs, extraordinary medical expenses, and a number of other factors.
If the court finds that there are special circumstances such as the child or children having additional or exceptional needs that require additional support, the payment amount may be greater than the basic guidelines specify.
Child support and visitation rights are separate issues. The court determines both and will usually order the non-custodial parent to pay support and the custodial parent to make the child available for visits.
The custodial parent has a duty to obey the court order for visitation, even if the non-custodial parent cannot or will not pay child support. The court can enforce its orders against either parent.