Montana Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

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Montana Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

Even if the non-custodial parent lives outside the state of Montana, the law requires cooperation between states. The non-custodial parent is legally required to make regular child support payments, regardless of where they live.

Montana Support Enforcement Measures

If a non-custodial parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures in accordance with Federal and Montana child support law to collect regular and past-due payments.

  • Credit bureau reporting
  • Federal tax offset
  • Income Withholding
  • Professional, occupational, or driver’s license suspension
  • State tax refund intercept

Who Can Enforce Court Ordered Child Support in Montana?

The Montana Child Support Enforcement Division is the state-run child support enforcement office for Montana. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is required by federal law to provide services through Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) and is funded by the federal government and the state of Montana.

Full Time Equiv. Staff 165
Total Caseload 40,009

1 U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement, Boxscores for FY 2005

Support Collectors Collects Past Due Child Support in Montana

If the Montana Child Support Enforcement Division isn’t getting the results you want or you don’t feel they’re giving your case the personal attention it deserves, Support Collectors can help.

Support Collectors has developed a proven system that teams attorneys, investigators and enforcement specialists to work your case from every possible angle. We work nationwide and our only business is collecting support. Our success rate is up to three times better than the Montana CSED and we never charge you a cent unless we put money in your hands.

Interest on Missed Child Support Payments

Montana law makes no provisions for interest to be charged on missed child support payments, retroactive support, or adjudicated arrears.

Montana’s Statute of Limitations on Back Child Support Payments (Arrears)

The Montana statute of limitations on enforcement of child support is 10 years from the date of payment due for debt accrued prior to 10/1/1993; 10 years after termination of obligation for payments due after 10/1/1993. The statute is tolled when the obligor is out of state and cannot be served with process and the entire 10-year statute begins anew when the obligor acknowledges the debt in writing or makes partial payment or a court or administrative action (including sending a demand letter) is taken to enforce the debt.

Montana’s Statute of Limitations for Determination of Paternity

Montana law states that paternity must be established before the child’s 18th birthday. (MCA 40-6-108)

Age of Emancipation / Age of Majority in Montana

The age of emancipation in Montana is 18 years of age or upon graduation from high school, whichever is later, but no later than 19 yeasr of age. (MCA 40-4-208(5); 40-5-201(2))

Support orders entered before October 1, 1991 are subject to termination at age 18, unless both parents agree upon a later termination date.

How Are Child Support Payment Amounts Determined in Montana?

The monthly child support obligation in Montana based on financial information about each parent according to the completed financial affidavit or on wage information available to the state. If no financial information is available about a parent the monthly support obligation may be based on the federal poverty levels of support for children.

Custody and Visitation Issues

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 must obey the court order for visitation, even if the non-custodial parent cannot or will not pay child support. The court can enforce any of its orders against either parent.

You Have Options

Any custodial parent not receiving public assistance may contract with a child support collection agency such as Support Collectors, or hire a private attorney, and at the same time have a case open with the Montana Child Support Enforcement Division. We work harder to collect the child support you are owed.

Collecting support is all we do and we give you the personalized, dedicated attention that your case deserves. Call us at (888) 729-6661 or get started online right now! We don’t charge a cent until we put money in your pocket.