child support again

United States
February 6, 2008 5:16pm CST
I just did a discussion on getting child support for my kids. I also want to know about my child support that is owed to me. My mother gets a child support check every month for my brother and me that our dad owes us. My brother and me are both of age and have been for a while. I heard from somebody that once you are over the age of like 19 that the child support money goes to the child and not the mother of the child. My brother on one hand still lives with my mom. Me on the other hand don't still live with her. Is there a way that I can get half of that check and my brother gets the other half? The check is for my brother and me so shouldn't we be getting the money and not our mother since we are over the age limit? If anybody has any comments or suggestions about this then please let me know.
5 responses
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
10 Feb 08
Hi. I don't know where you are located but the child support rules vary for each state. I live in the state of Indiana and I get Child Support for one child. I can get child support for her as long as she lives in my home all the way up to age 21. Some states require your child to go to college after age 18 or the child support stops. We used to pay on 3 children and that law there was in that state. It all depends on the shild support decree that is written up also. There may be something in the divorce stupulations on it for you. I have never heard of a child who moves out of the house to get child support directly issued to them. If you are in college, then your mom would still get the money but she would have to make sure to fund you also somehow, wheteher it is food, college, food, clothing, etc. That is just my thought but don't hold me to it.
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@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I brought this subject up with my hubby the other day because my oldest's father does not pay child support even though it's court ordered. He pointed out that we have been paying for all her needs and will continue to do so so it's sorta like paying us back. If he were to pay now though it would just go in to a bank account to pay for things like her sports, glasses, clothes, etc.
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8 Feb 08
If the child support was owed to you before you became of age and moved out, personally i think it should go to you. My oldest son is 19, but still lives at home, he has a part time job, but doesn't make very much so is not helping me a whole lot, so what I do is use some of the money to help pay expenses, then give my boys some of the money. I've explained to them that if I could afford everything on my own, then all of the money their father pays, which by the way is very very little, it would all go to them. There must be someplace or someone who could answer that for you. Try a lawyer. Someone in Family Law should be able to answer that.
@lightningd (1041)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Well, first of all, if you are moved out of your mother's house, over 18 done with school, and you mentioned you are getting child support for YOUR KIDS.... you are no longer entitled to child support from your father. As for your brother, if he is of age, and out of school, child support would stop for him as well. However, if your mother is getting this as part of back support, or unpaid support that was ordered that your father didn't pay and he is still paying on that, then no, you are not entitled to any of that money. If he is still paying support on both of you and he is current through you turning 18 or finishing school if you graduated after you turned 18, your father needs to get an attorney and get the order dropped unless there was a decree stating he would be supporting you through college. I do highly doubt that is the case though. It sounds to me like you already have kids and you have started to make an adult life of your own. Every state has different laws regarding when child support will stop for children. But in most cases, it is as I mentioned above, unless there is a different agreement past the age of majority, such as a child attending college. If that money your mother is getting is for unpaid support while you and your brother were minors, then, that is her money. That money is owed to her for supporting you completely while your father did not pay ordered support.
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• United States
7 Feb 08
Call the agency that handles the child support in your area and ask them. I know a friend of mine from PA moved out of her moms house when she turned 18 and her moms child support checks stopped the next month. The best and fastest way to find out is to just give the agency a call.
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