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Tips for noncustodial parents

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Here is a list of survival skills for a noncustodial parent who has a child support case with the Office of the Attorney General:

Embrace and accept your responsibility and role as a parent. Focus on the child's best interests. It is important to maintain, at the least, a civil relationship with the other parent. Child support is for 18 years, but being a parent is for life.

Do not underestimate the seriousness of your legal responsibility to support your child. If you owe back child support, expect your IRS tax refund and lottery winnings to be intercepted. You could lose your driver's license. You could go to jail.

You always have the right to hire a private attorney. If you have a court order, it cannot be legally changed by informal or mutual agreement. You must go back to court to have it modified.

Conflicts with the other parent

The Office of the Attorney General cannot resolve your issues with the other parent. If you are having a conflict with the other parent about visitation or any issue concerning the child, look in the phone book to find a parent support group or mediation center.

While the OAG does not have the authority to enforce visitation or change custody, we may be able to refer you to other agencies or resources to help you. We also offer a Directory of Access and Visitation Service Providers and help fund a non-profit Access and Visitation Hotline at 1-866-292-4636.

Did You Know?Either parent can open a case with the Office of the Attorney General. He/she does not have to have custody of the child. Grandparents or relatives with physical custody can open a case for child support establishment or enforcement.

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