INDIANA CHILD SUPPORT LAWS & REGULATIONS UPDATE 2023
A DECADE OF CHANGE: AN OVERVIEW OF INDIANA’S CHILD SUPPORT LAWS AND REGULATIONS TIMELINE (2013-2023)
Indiana has undergone significant changes in its child support laws and regulations over the past decade, reflecting its commitment to the well-being of children and families. This article outlines the key developments in Indiana’s child support framework from 2013 to 2023.
2013: Child Support Guidelines Update
– Revision of child support guidelines for accurate and fair calculations.
2014: Health Insurance Consideration
– Inclusion of health insurance costs in child support calculations.
2015: Parenting Time Credit
– Implementation of parenting time credit to reflect time spent with the noncustodial parent.
2016: College Education Expenses
– Provision for college education expenses included in child support orders.
2017: Emphasis on Enforcement
– Strengthening of enforcement measures for delinquent child support payments.
2018: Income Withholding Enhancement
– Enhancement of income withholding mechanisms to ensure consistent payments.
2019: Review and Adjustment Procedures
– Streamlining of child support review and adjustment procedures.
2020: Remote Communication Costs
– Consideration of costs related to remote communication in child support calculations.
2021: Shared Child-Related Expenses
– Provision for allocating child-related expenses between parents.
2022: Technology Integration
– Integration of technology to improve accessibility and efficiency in child support processes.
2023: Continued Adaptations
– Ongoing assessment and adjustment of child support regulations to meet changing needs.
Indiana’s commitment to enhancing its child support laws highlights its dedication to the financial well-being of children and families. The state’s evolving framework ensures that child support remains fair, accurate, and supportive of the best interests of all parties involved.
The Indiana Child Support Bureau, though the Office of the Attorney General, is responsible for providing typical child support services, including establishing paternity and pursuing penalties against child support evaders.
Any resident of Indiana receiving state or federal public benefits is required to pursue the child support benefits for which they are entitled, to supplement the income they receive from public assistance.
This reduces the public support burden of the state. Unlike other states that have separate child support offices, child support services are provided by the local county prosecutor’s office and the fee to initiate a child support case is $25.
Child support payments are disbursed via direct deposit of a commercial debit account card. Some counties will still dispense payments through checks, as they have yet to adopt electronic disbursement.
If you need legal advice and assistance, contact Indiana lawyers.