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CRITICAL ACCOUNT INFORMATION: Where do you live?Of critical importance to the Spencer County Clerk's Child Support Division is information needed to properly receive child support payments and disburse them to the recipient. The Clerk's Office needs the name, current address, and social security number of the payor and the recipient. Without basic account information about the payor and recipient, we may be unable to properly credit payment to an account or disburse it to the intended recipient. Of course, any change in address for either party should also be reported to the Child Support Division to insure the proper posting and disbursement of payments. In addition to the obvious need of this information for the disbursement of support to recipients, the information is needed for all payors who receive mailings from this office (e.g. docket fee payment notices, etc.).
Payment methods include:Cash payment only.
CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENT HISTORIES AVAILABLEChild support payment histories may be obtained by the parties at the Child Support Office by coming in person and bringing a photo ID. There is a $1.00 fee for each page of payment you are requesting. However, payors and recipients can also access the automated telephone system at (800) 840-8757 to verify recent payments, disbursements, and court order information.
Payment methodsWe receive monies from “payors” through various means. Some are ordered to pay weekly, while others submit payments semi-monthly or even monthly. Our child support office is located in the Spencer County Courthouse, Room 8, second floor.
ANNUAL DOCKET FEE DUE January 1stUnder Indiana Law (IC 33-19-6-5), the payor is required to remit an annual docket fee of $55.00 to the Clerk before February 1st. The fee helps cover the cost of servicing the payment account. The Clerk cannot deduct the docket fee from a child support payment. If your child support is automatically withheld from your paycheck, through an income withholding order, you will still need to submit this fee to our office in cash. Please include your case number and write “docket fee” on your check.
TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT CHANGES IN SUPPORT AMOUNTIn many cases, the Child Support guidelines and court orders may allow for a temporary change in child support payment amounts (e.g. summer visitation with the non-custodial parent may reduce the support obligation). In other cases, permanent changes may result from a modification of the child support order. If there is a modification in your support order, you need to make sure the Clerk's Office is aware of the modification so your money can be disbursed properly.