Kansas child support orders are established by the courts to determine the amount of child support that is to be paid each month and how it is to be paid. If necessary, child support orders will also include a provision for medical insurance coverage. The State of Kansas utilizes uniform child support guidelines when setting a child support order.
These guidelines take into account the financial needs of the child, the other children in the family, the cost of day care and medical insurance, and the financial status of both parents. In certain circumstances, adjustments may be made to these guidelines to see that the child’s needs are adequately met. If the non-custodial parent lives in another state, the Child Support Enforcement Office can work with the comparable state agency to establish and/or enforce a child support order. If the non-custodial parent is in a federal prison, or Kansas prison or jail, the child support staff can still initiate legal action, if the non-custodial parent is on a work release program or has some type of assets.
How Are Child Support Payments Collected?
With few exceptions, income withholding orders are now considered a required provision of any new or modified child support order. An income withholding order requires the non-custodial parent’s employer to withhold current child support and arrears payments from the employee’s paycheck. Further, the employer must then forward those support payments to the Kansas Payment Center. In this way, child support payments are deducted just as taxes are deducted from one’s paycheck. This is the most effective way to collect child support payments.
Obtaining Child Support Case Information
You can obtain recent payment and distribution information by calling Kansas’ Interactive Voice Response system toll free at 1-877-572-5722. This automated information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also get pre-recorded answers to many frequently asked questions, along with general information about Kansas Child Support.
Can Child Support Orders Be Changed?
Once a child support order is issued by the courts, the amount required will remain the same unless it is legally changed. The Kansas Child Support Enforcement Office will review your case every three years to determine if it is necessary to modify your child support order according to Kansas Child Support Guidelines. If special circumstances exist (such as a drastic change in the financial status of either parent,) the child support order may be reviewed more frequently.
How Long Will A Child Support Order Remain In Effect?
It depends on the law of the state where the child support order was issued. In Kansas, child support orders are effective until the child reaches adulthood. For most children, that is their 18th birthday. However, this may be extended if the child turns 18 while still in high school.
Child Support Enforcement
If the non-custodial parent’s employer is unknown or the non-custodial parent is self-employed, the child support staff can utilize methods other than income withholding to collect child support payments. If the non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support, the child support staff will take action to enforce the child support order. These actions include consumer credit bureau reporting, tax refund interception, suspension of hunting and fishing licenses, or even criminal charges.
Both federal and state child support laws allow criminal charges. In addition, a lien may be placed on real estate or certain kinds of personal property that belong to the non-custodial parent. However, a lien in and of itself will not result in the immediate collection of any money. It will only prevent the owner from selling, transferring or borrowing against the property until the arrearage of child support is paid.
In addition, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act has been adopted by all fifty states and all territories of the United States, to address the enforcement of child support obligations across state lines.
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