What If My County Child Support Enforcement Case Is Closed?
We hear this question on a daily basis, the county child support agency has had no luck finding or collecting from the absent parent and then they decide to close the case as uncollectable. Many parents feel helpless and rightfully so! You can use other options to try and collect, such as a private child enforcement agency.
Government child support offices have closed an estimated 60 million cases in the United States in the last several years. Think of the many families that are now faced with no resource to try and get the support they are owed! Many of these cases were closed simply because the government office doesn’t have the time, staff and resources available to find the absent parent! Just because they no longer are working your case doesn’t mean you are unable to try and attempt to collect the back support yourself. Of course, if the courts have ruled that the case is closed, then there would be no way to collect unless the case is reopened. Here are a few things to consider if you are getting a notice that the county is going to close your file:
* Get a copy of the payment history: this will help greatly in have the documentation on what was owed at the time the file was closed.
* Get judge signed copies of all your orders and modifications. You should always have a complete copy for your records
These two recommendations are key for anyone trying to collect support now or in the future. So, if you are one of the many families with a closed case at your local county level and the courts have not ruled your case closed, consider the option of having Support Collectors work for you to collect the child support you and your family are owed. You can try to collect without a county case open!