What If I Don't Know If My Kids Are Receiving Public Assistance? Should I Still Pay Support?

ORS/CSS will notify you when the custodial parent begins receiving state assistance. Remember, once you find out on your own or are notified by ORS/CSS that the custodial parent is receiving state assistance, do not pay the custodial parent child support directly. All child support payments must be paid to ORS/CSS so your case can be properly credited. If you have paid the custodial parent child support directly, you must provide ORS/CSS with proof of those payments (canceled checks, receipts, etc.) in order to receive credit. Also, you will not receive credit for other money you may have given the custodial parent or the children directly, or for things you have bought the children or the custodial parent in lieu of child support. For example, you will not receive credit for paying the rent (or for buying clothes, diapers, etc.) for the custodial parent instead of paying court ordered child support. These are considered gifts, not child support.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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