Child Support Enforcement

The mission of Hancock County CSEA, is to operate a program for support enforcement in Hancock County that complies with both federal and state law and to provide all services relative thereto, in a courteous, professional manner.

My Child Support Account

 

Questions

1. How long can I collect child support payments?

2. What happens if I made some direct payments to the custodial parent?

3. What if I disagree with the account balances shown by the CSEA or State records?

4. What is an Audit?

 

Answers

1.Current state law generally provides that child support continues until a child reaches the age of 18 and continues beyond age 18 so long as the child is attending an accredited high school on a full-time basis. Child support terminates when a child reaches the age of 19 regardless of school enrollment, cure unless otherwise stated in an original order. Generally, the earliest date for termination of a support order is the month and year in which a child reaches the age of majority.

2. Any support that is ordered by the CSEA or the court should always be paid through the CSEA and direct payments will be considered a gift.

3. You may request an account audit. If you give a valid reason for requesting an audit, the CSEA will then audit your case. Not all request will be granted.

4. Generally an audit involves a review of all court orders that set and modify your support order or support balances. The auditor will then verify that the proper amount of support has been charged and verify that credit has been given for all support paid through the CSEA and/or credited by court order. Sometimes manual calculations are performed to verify calculations made by the computer system. The verified balance is then issued to the parties.