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How to find an absent non-custodial parent for child support

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2021 | Child Support

In a custody hearing, the judge may decide that the parties’ children will live with one parent but will be financially supported by both parents. For parents going through a divorce, after it has been finalized, it is not uncommon that the two parties will want to move away from each other.

However, in some cases, the non-custodial parent will disappear and fail to pay child support. This can be devastating for the custodial parent and the children, who need the financial assistance to ensure the children have what they need to thrive. In this circumstance, there are a number of steps one can take to find the non-custodial parent.

State resources

Since the location of the non-custodial parent is unknown, reaching out to the Department of Human Resources in Alabama is an important first step. The department can conduct a search using resources such as USPS mail, tax records and information from employers to help find an address of the missing parent.

Federal resources

Another method for locating the non-custodial parent is by providing certain information to the Federal Parent Locator Service, such as a photograph, social security number and other family members’ contact information. This information can help narrow down the missing parent’s current address.

Locating the non-custodial parent is crucial in order to serve the non-custodial parent with a child support order. The court mandated order will require the non-custodial parent to attend a hearing regarding the missing child support payments as per the agreed-upon child support plan. This is an important process to help get the payments back on track, and an attorney can help advise on the best course of action.

Obtaining such an order will help the custodial parent to provide the necessary financial support for their children. Divorce may bring tension, but supporting one’s children should rise above it to ensure they are properly taken care of.

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