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What about the kids? 

Child Support FAQ

  1. Who gets custody ?
  2. How is Child Support determined?
  3. Can I calculate the amount of child support that might be awarded ?
  4. What if my ex doesn't pay?
  5. How can I report someone who is hiding to avoid paying child support?

Who Gets custody ?

Custody decisions are based on the best interest of the child; Indiana law does not favor one parent over the other.  [Annotated Indiana Code  31-1-11.5-21]

There are two types of custody in Indiana: sole custody and joint custody.

For detailed FAQ's on child custody in Indiana, check out:

    Split-up.com Indiana Divorce Page and

    Divorcenet.com FAQ on Indiana custody, child support and  visitation

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How is child support determined?

The  child support is determined according to the standardized Indiana Child Support Guidelines.  It is determined by using the combined gross income of the parents and other factors.

For one explanation of the application of these guidelines, see:

    Indiana Child Support Rules, Guidelines and Support Schedules 

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Can I calculate the amount of child support that might be awarded?

INDIANA GUIDELINE SCHEDULES FOR WEEKLY SUPPORT PAYMENTS  is the weekly support payment guideline schedule approved by the Indiana Supreme Court.

These are guidelines used by the judge and your lawyers to determine support. Other factors are also considered.  For legal advice, you should contact a lawyer.

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What if my ex doesn't pay?

According to the Indiana Bureau of Child Support,

Child support services are offered through your local County Prosecutor's Office.      These services include:
Locating absent parents
Establishing paternity
Establishing and enforcing support orders
Establishing and enforcing medical support orders
Collecting current and past due support payments
Review and adjustment of current support orders

You can find the number for your local County Prosecutor in the Government Section of the phonebook. (Blue pages)  Check under your county, then look for Prosecuting Attorney.  A separate number for Child Support Division may also be listed under the Prosecuting Attorney's office.

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How can I report someone who is hiding to avoid paying child support?

You can use the Child Support Tip Form to report the location of missing parents.

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