By Mag. Kimberly Dean Mattingly, Marion Superior Court
A well-respected attorney suggested this week’s topic: how to close a support account in Marion County. I told her that was a research project, not a tip suggestion! I reached out to our pals in the Child Support Division of the Prosecutor’s office and got this answer:
“For IV-D cases it is supposed to happen automatically, but that isn’t always the case so a phone call to our office giving us a heads up isn’t necessarily a bad idea. For non-IV-D cases you do have to file with the court otherwise it will just keep charging.”
Closing the account will stop the accrual of not only support, but also the annual docketing fee. I have heard stories recently of support payors receiving notices out of the blue demanding many years’ worth of docketing fees. I did not hear how/if those issues were resolved, so it would be best for you to do this for your clients, or at least inform them of the need to close those accounts after the last child is emancipated.
Stay tuned for a new tip next week!
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