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Distribution Overview

Distribution OverviewChild support divorcefile for divorce In some cases,the non-custodial parent may make payments directly to certain expenses that have been determined to be their responsibility. For example, a parent may directly pay an educational institution to be sure that the payments are utilized in the way that are meant to be. Child support payments are generally determined, as a separate issue, during divorce proceedings if the couple was married. However, the amount of those payments may be changed by the courts if there is a significant change in circumstances for either parent, or for the child. 

Each parent is required to contribute financially towards their child’s care and upbringing. A couple’s divorce should not separate a parent from their child, nor does it release the parent from financial obligations toward the child. Child support payments are often necessary to ensure that child’s development is not hindered. Either parent may be obliged to pay child support. Visitation has no bearing on child support. Parents that have no visitation or custody rights may still be obliged to make child support payments. Child support payments are not always court mandated. If the parents are in agreement, they can make their own child support arrangement and have it made into a court order.

What Are Distribution Arrears

What Are Distribution Arrears

A non-custodial parent is usually required to make a child support back child support A child support payment is usually paid by a non-custodial parent to the custodial parent in order to help support the child. 
Even with judges penalizing non-custodial parents in child support arrears, there still exist many non-custodial parents who will not make a child support payment on time. This is especially true if they leave the state to escape any child support obligations. While child support enforcement agencies will search for these absentee parents, it may take a substantial amount of time for them to be brought to justice. While the non-custodial parent is in child support arrears, both the custodial parent and child will suffer. 
Decisions regarding child support are supposed to reflect the best interest of the child. A non-custodial parent who is found to be in child support arrears, is not considered to be acting in the best interest of the child. The lack of payment is hurting the child. Parents who are in serious child support arrears are called deadbeats. Missing one child support payment does not put the non-custodial parent in child support arrears. Most parents who are in arrears have missed many child support payments.
A parent who doesn’t make a court ordered child support payment may think they are getting away with something. In reality, their actions are hurting not only their child but themselves. When and if they are caught in child support arrears, the punishments may be harsh. This is especially true if the parent has been in child support arrears for a long time. The consequences for non-payment are commensurate on the amount of back payment.

Guide to the Distribution Process

Guide to the Distribution Process

Child support services may help establish the court order dictating the non-custodial parent’s conditions of child support. The second step that child support services handle is sending the noncustodial parent’s employer an Income Withholding Order. 
The non-custodial parent’s employer is then required to forward the Income Withholding Order to the State Disbursement Unit. It is then the State Disbursement Unit’s job to make sure that the money withheld from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck is quickly given to the custodial parent. A child support collection might develop if the State Disbursement Unit does not get the payment to the custodial parent within a certain amount of business days. 
If the non-custodial parent is unemployed or self-employed, then child support services have to find an alternative way to ensure payment. In these cases, the non-custodial parent may choose to pay by check or deposit the payments into an account that connects with a debit card. The debit card is specifically used to receive child support payments. 
The non-custodial parent may also pay by check. If the non-custodial parent does not pay the child support payments that he or she was court ordered to pay, they may be violated. The custodial parent is usually in charge of violating someone. However, if the custodial parent is on government assistance, child support services might violate the non-paying parent without any consent from the custodial parent.
Paying child support on time is a much smarter way of supporting a child then waiting for a child support collection to be established. A child support collection can damage one’s credit. Child support services exist to make sure that the distribution process of receiving and paying child support runs as smoothly as possible.

Understanding The Distribution Rules

Understanding The Distribution Rules

In ordinance with child support law, the family courts have established distribution rules to keep the process of paying child support running smoothly. Statistically, there exist many non-custodial parents who do not pay their court ordered child support. Court policies may vary in each state but for the most part, the rules of child support distribution are the same. However, calculating child support payments can be very different depending on location.
Every child is entitled to child support. Court views on the matter are that a child should be financially supported by both parents. Past confusion in child support law has led to some straightforward guidelines to be put into place. These rules depend on how the child support is being paid. Many child support payments are paid through child support agencies to eliminate difficulties. Child support agencies are required by federal child support law to view the payment as a monthly charge. In this way, the payments cannot be made on a weekly basis. Once a month, the custodial parent receives child support. 
Current support, which has different rules than regular child support has to be paid before regular child support. This is because it is always due in a monthly payment and is never divided into weeks. It is important to note that the monthly amounts may vary. This is not because the custodial parent isn’t entitled to the same amounts of child support. Court breaks down the amount of regular child support that is paid weekly and mathematically determines the monthly lump sum payment a custodial parent will receive. This is determined by the number of weeks that fall in the month, either four or five. The changes do not reflect the payment amounts, only the timing of receiving them.
 A non-custodial parent may owe arrears to the state as well as the custodial parent. According to child support law, a custodial parent on public assistance may have a portion of their payments deducted to pay the state. Distribution rules are different for a family that stops receiving public assistance. When a family stops receiving public assistance, they have to be paid the full amount of child support and back child support. Only then can the state begin to collect arrears that are owed to them by the non-custodial parent.
Distribution rules fall under federal child support law, and not state law. While federal child support law may be required to follow some state law, cases are different that involve child support. Court may calculate the total amount of support due in different ways depending on the state. When it comes to the distribution and collection of back pay, they follow the same guidelines.