Life is full of surprises and sometimes ups and downs as well. And for a multitude of different reasons you may find yourself alone for the first time as a single parent.
Many non-custodial parents follow all the rules and fulfill the promises that were set out for them by the courts. Then again there are always those that ruin it for many by not living up to their obligations.
What these parents are doing by not following the rules is not hurting the other parent but actually hurting the child or children involved. As if being separated didn’t do enough damage?
So, if the parent who is supposed to pay child support is in arrears and has not obtained the required medical benefits that were agreed upon; here is a letter that you may want to use for the benefit of the child involved.
Things you’ll need:
In the upper right hand corner type your complete mailing address.
Then, on the next line, on the left side, type in the date.
Skip two lines and type in the person’s name and address of the county case worker assigned to you.
Skip a line again and again on the left side write the word Reference with a colon (:)
Here is where you will put your assigned docket number or case number.
Skip another line and type in: Dear (Mr. /Mrs. /Ms.) and whom your contact person is and a comma (,)
You are now ready to type the body of the letter.
Here is an example of what you may want to write. It can be changed to fit your personal needs or give you ideas on how to write your own letter.
Dear (Mr. /Mrs. /Ms.),
Please be informed that I am in receipt of your notice of hearing regarding the ordered support for (child’s name) for whom I am the custodial parent. However, there are issues of importance I hope the court and Probation will address.
First is that (parents’ name who is to pay support), the obligor, and (child’s name) (father or mother) has not been paying the ordered support of ($0.00) a week as agreed in our order The payments have been short and sporadic, leaving me in a position where I cannot rely on (father or mother’s name) in meeting our (son or daughter’s name) basic needs.
Secondly, (father or mother’s name) has not lived up to (his or her) obligation and the court order regarding medical coverage for (child’s name). (He or she) has been uncooperative and ultimately non-responsive in providing information regarding his coverage for (child’s name). Under the birthday rule (mother or father’s name) coverage must respond first. Because of (her or his) lack of help the entire health care burden for (child’s name) has fallen upon me. Because (mother or father’s name) has not provided me with evidence of insurance or any information regarding the portion of medical payable by (his or her) insurance, my insurance carrier has refused to pay. I have attached copies of two of the more significant unpaid medical bills.
Further, (father or mother’s name) has paid nothing toward our (son or daughter’s) medical expenses these past (months/years) despite our agreement, which makes (him or her) responsible for (__ %) of medical expenses.
Third, (mother or father’s name) has progressively withdrawn from all involvement with (child’s name). I am concerned, even alarmed with (mother or father’s name) increasing lack of support and help.
Whatever the court and your department can do to help me would be appreciated greatly. As (child’s name) grows older so do (his or her) needs.
Unfortunately because of (father or mother’s name) past and continuing lack of response I would ask that in additional to the arrearage of weekly payments that (her or his) portion of the current and past medical bills be paid lump sum. This is due to the age of these bills. It is also a big concern that (mother or father’s name) has made no voluntary payments since (date).
Then put in a closing remark such as:
Thank you for all your assistance,
(skip a few lines then type your name underneath)
This space in between the closing and your typed name should be enough room for you to add your signature.
Remember the most important part of getting the benefits from the parent that is not being responsible is the CHILD.
If you are unable to attend a child support hearing you can also include the following in your letter:
Near the beginning of the letter you might say:
Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts caused by (work, impending surgery, sickness, death in family) I will be unable to attend the hearing.
And near the end of the letter you may want to say something like this before you close the letter out:
Please inform me of the outcome of the hearing.
Be specific and straightforward when writing. Don’t use harsh language. Remember the real reason for writing the letter. (Your child)
Local information in Winona can be obtained by contacting the Montgomery County Child Support social services organization.
Montgomery County Child Support
705 Alberta Drive
Winona, MS 38967
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