My court order directs me to pay my child support to the Clerk or INSCCU, but I have been paying my child support directly to the custodial parent; do I have to pay the annual support fee?

Published 04/07/2014 10:49 AM   |    Updated 04/09/2014 10:16 AM
My court order directs me to pay my child support to the Clerk or INSCCU, but I have been paying my child support directly to the custodial parent; do I have to pay the annual support fee?

Yes. Under Indiana Code 33-37-5-6, the $55.00 Annual Support Fee (ASFE) is to be paid when a non-custodial parent is court ordered to pay child support or maintenance payments through the Clerk of Court or the Indiana State Central Collection Unit (INSCCU).

The ASFE is due each calendar year at the time that the first child support or maintenance payment is due.

Note, by paying the custodial parent directly and not through the Clerk of Court or INSCCU, there is no legal record of those payments that the court can recognize as child support payments.

If you have questions concerning the ASFE payment or child support payments, call the Kidsline at 317-233-5437 or 1-800-840-8757.
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