How to Get Evidence of Child Support Payments

By Brenna Davis

Child support are payments made from one parent to the child's other parent to cover a portion of the child's expenses. When one parent does not have custody of the child, ordering the noncustodial parent to pay child support is a way of ensuring that he pays his fair share. Child support evasion is a serious charge that can result in wage garnishment, contempt charges or property liens, so it is important that you are able to provide evidence, if that question arises, that you have made child support payments according to the terms of your child support order.

Child support are payments made from one parent to the child's other parent to cover a portion of the child's expenses. When one parent does not have custody of the child, ordering the noncustodial parent to pay child support is a way of ensuring that he pays his fair share. Child support evasion is a serious charge that can result in wage garnishment, contempt charges or property liens, so it is important that you are able to provide evidence, if that question arises, that you have made child support payments according to the terms of your child support order.

Payment Methods

When child support is required, a judge will issue a child support order that provides information about when and how the child support must be paid, as well as the amount that must be paid. In some states, child support is paid directly to the custodial parent, wheras in other states, child support is paid to a state agency. If you owe back child support, your obligations might be paid through garnishment of your wages. It is important that you pay child support according to the specifics of your child support order, including directing the payment to the correct recipient. Paying support directly to the other parent when you are ordered to pay to a state agency, for example, could subject you to contempt charges.

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Direct Payment Proof

If you pay child support directly to the other parent, request copies of canceled checks from your bank to demonstrate that the other parent deposited and received the payments. If the checks are deposited in a timely fashion, these checks can demonstrate that you did not pay child support late. Ask your bank to provide the dates that the checks were deposited. If you pay in cash, provide bank statements that illustrate regular withdrawals of cash, but note that cash payments can be more difficult to prove. If you do not have a bank account, pay via money order and save the money order receipts. The receipts can provide proof of payment. You can also subpoena your ex's financial records or bank account information to prove that your payments were deposited.

Deducted Payment Proof

If payments are deducted from your paycheck via a wage garnishment or via other direct payment method, ask the human resources department or the person in charge of paying you for the order that requested the garnishment. Then ask for a receipt or pay stub every time payment is deducted, to provide proof that the payment was deducted.

Government Agency Proof

If you must pay child support to a child support agency, that agency should be able to provide you with records which indicate that you have paid. Your support order should indicate the agency that is in charge of receiving payments. Contact the child support assistance division of this agency and ask for a record of all payments. If the records are inaccurate, request canceled checks from your bank, or provide receipts from money orders which indicate that the payments have been made. Then provide the agency with the proof and ask them, in writing, to correct the records.

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Wyoming Child Support Laws

When spouses divorce in Wyoming, they remain responsible for providing financial support for their children. To clarify each parent’s responsibilities, Wyoming courts enter child support orders as part of the terms of a divorce decree. Parents must comply with these orders or face significant penalties for nonpayment. However, if circumstances change, courts can modify the support order.

What Happens If I Can't Make My Child Support or Alimony Payments in Maryland?

After a divorce is finalized in the state of Maryland, the court issues a decree that may order one spouse to pay alimony and child support to the other spouse. Under state law, after a divorce decree is issued, an automatic withholding order is sent to the employer so that alimony and child support payments are withheld from his wages. A parent who fails to pay alimony or child support as ordered may face criminal and civil penalties.

Help With Receiving Unpaid Child Support in Texas

During divorces, Texas courts issue child-support orders to direct the noncustodial parent to pay a certain amount of support for his children. If the noncustodial parent does not pay the support as ordered, it can be difficult for the custodial parent to return to court for help enforcing the order. However, the Texas Attorney General has resources to help custodial parents collect the child support they are owed.

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