Disputing Child Support Docket Fees

Dispute Child Support Docket Fees

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According to IC 33-37-5-6, “…a final court order requires a person to pay support or maintenance payments through the clerk or the state central collection unit…The clerk or the state central collection unit shall collect a fee in addition to support and maintenance payments.

The fee, known as a docket fee, is due by January 31 each year. Docket fees partially reimburse the county for processing child support payments. If it is necessary to file contempt or collection proceedings, court costs and filing fees will also be assessed against the person required to pay support. The docket fee is paid by the person responsible for paying the child support.

Docket fees were $20.00 per year from 1988 to 2006 ($10.00 per year if paid after January 31). In 2007, docket fees were increased to $30.00 per year. In 2008, docket fees were increased again to $55.00 per year where they remain today.

The court was not obligated to notify you each year concerning the docket fees, though many did. Regardless, you are required to pay them.

DO YOU HAVE PROOF OF PAYMENT?
If you have proof that you paid your docket fees, send us a copy so that we can investigate getting your bill canceled. Click here for instructions regarding providing us with your evidence.

YOU DO NOT HAVE PROOF OF PAYMENT
If you do not recall paying the docket fees and/or cannot find proof that you paid them, we can search on your behalf. Click here to request our assistance.

DO YOU HAVE PROOF OF PAYMENT?
If you have proof that you paid your docket fees for some of the years, send us a copy so that we may have your bill adjusted. Click here for instructions regarding providing us with your evidence.

YOU DO NOT HAVE PROOF OF PAYMENT
If you cannot find proof where you have paid some of the docket fees, we can search on your behalf. Click here to request our assistance.

Consider the following: Did you file for divorce, then not follow through with it? Were you ordered to pay child support? In either case, docket fees were assessed and you are required to pay them.

In the state of Indiana, you are ordered to pay child support through age 21 unless your court order states otherwise. If you did not go back to court to close the case, this may be why you still have a balance due.

DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE COURT ORDER STOPPING SUPPORT?
We will need to see a copy of your order in order to investigate whether an adjustment to your bill is needed. Click here for instructions regarding providing us with your evidence.

YOU DO NOT HAVE A COPY OF THE COURT ORDER
If you do not have a copy of your court order stopping support, we can get this information for you if it exists. Click here to request our assistance.

We will need a copy of your receipts or cancelled checks. Also, payroll deduction for payment of docket fees began in 2007. Your pay stubs may contain notation of such deduction.

DO YOU HAVE PROOF OF PAYMENT?
If you have proof that you paid your docket fees, send us a copy so that we may investigate whether an adjustment to your bill is needed. Click here for instructions regarding providing us with your evidence.

YOU DO NOT HAVE PROOF OF PAYMENT
If you cannot find proof where you have paid the docket fees, we can search on your behalf. Click here to request our assistance.

If you received custody in court and were not ordered to pay support, we will need a copy of the court order showing you were awarded custody.

DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE COURT ORDER?
If you have a copy of the court order showing you were awarded custody, click here for instructions regarding providing us with your information.

YOU CAN NOT LOCATE A COPY OF YOUR COURT ORDER
We can obtain a copy of the information for you. Click here to request our assistance.

Did you have your children emancipated at age 21? You must go to court to have each child emancipated and the case closed after emancipating the last child. If you did not, the case may still be open and may still be accruing fees. You are responsible for the fees until the case is closed.

Do you still have a balance due for child support? If you do, the court charges a docket fee each year until the arrearage is paid in full. In this situation, you must pay off your balance to get your case closed.

Child Support cases are generally closed when a child turns the age of twenty-one which is the age of emancipation in Indiana, unless stipulated otherwise in your court order.  However, there are instances in which the age of twenty-one (21) does not apply. When in doubt, please contact your attorney. The Child Support Office must be notified of the emancipation so that your child support case may be closed properly.

DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE COURT ORDER?
If you have a copy of the court order showing your children are declared emancipated and your case closed, click here for instructions regarding providing us with your information.

YOU CAN NOT LOCATE A COPY OF YOUR COURT ORDER
We can obtain a copy of the information for you. Click here to request our assistance.