"They're Coming After Me For Child Support - Now What?"

Posted by Wyatt Worden | Feb 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

You've just received notice that after years of not being required to pay child support, DHS is coming after you for money. Often this occurs when a parent applies for state benefits. Perhaps you, as the non-custodial parent, aren't in a great place financially yourself. And now, out of the blue, you're being asked to provide. 

Times are tough, even for those fortunate enough to make an income that supports their families. With inflation still high and pockets of unemployment throughout the state,  more families seem to be struggling than ever. That being said, many families are applying for benefits through OKDHS. 

What benefits does OKDHS offer? 
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a federally-funded program for children who need support due to a parent's death, incapacity, unemployment, or absence. 
Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP helps low-income families buy healthy food using an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. There are similar eligibility requirements as TANF, such as income, SSN for each member of the household, and citizenship. 
Child Care Subsidy 
Another federally-funded program, the childcare subsidy is paid directly to the childcare provider, it allows safe, quality childcare while the custodial parent is at work, school, or training. 
If you are a non-custodial parent and your child's custodial parent applies for these or other benefits, DHS will be contacting you for child support. 
This may seem unfair in some cases. As mentioned above, you yourself may not be in a financial place to provide. Hiring an attorney to help you navigate DHS requirements can make a difference in the direction of your case. Our team at Worden & Carbitcher is extensively well-versed in Oklahoma child support laws. Contact our office at 405.360.8036 to set up a consultation with one of our family law attorneys. During a paid consultation, an attorney can answer your questions, explain the law in a way that makes sense, and give you legal advice on how to move forward. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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Wyatt Worden

Wyatt has always held himself to a high standard of excellence, which carried over into law school where he graduated #1 in his class and earned 12 CALI Awards, an award given to the top scorer in each class. He now brings that standard of excellence to our firm and to our clients. Wyatt joined ...


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