This bundle of forms includes helpful logs and worksheets to keep the noncustodial parent (NCP) organized in case the custodial parent (CP) claims that payments have not been made. This download includes:
Child support is usually collected in two ways: (1) paycheck garnishment, or (2) direct payment to the CP or to a state disbursement agency. When payment is submitted through your company's payroll, the payment is usually processed through the state disbursement agency. Keep your paystubs in order to substantiate payments in case any questions arise.
If you are to submit payments directly to the CP, you should always pay with a check, cashier's check, or money order that can be tracked. Send all payments with certified mail or with delivery confirmation from the postal service. The key is to keep a paper trail so that you can prove that you made the appropriate payments.
Unlike court-ordered child support that is monitored by a statewide disbursement agency or child support enforcement agency, medical costs are treated differently. Your court order will specify if you and the CP share medical expenses as well as the method and time frame that you must receive receipts from the CP to reimburse him/her for such costs. Be sure to keep copies of every letter and receipt sent to and received from the CP. Use a Medical Reimbursement Log to track what you have paid, what insurance covers, and a running total.
If the CP or child support agency brings your case to court, or if you are to retain counsel to do it, you will need accurate records to substantiate the payments. By presenting copies of your letters and payments, you are presenting clear evidence of the amounts that you paid.