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Who is eligible to receive child support?

Many New York residents would agree that divorce is especially hard on the children. While spouses can look forward to a new life, the children are usually fearful about their future. They often wonder about who will take care of them. In addition, the custodial parent may be struggling after a divorce to make ends meet. Therefore, in the best interests of the child, the court may order the noncustodial parent to pay child support.

Who is eligible for child support? Any parent, who is the guardian of a child, below 21 years, is eligible to receive child support. If a parent is applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), on behalf of the child, then also this relief may be provided based on the application. Child support service may also be given if the parent is applying for Medicaid for themselves or for the child. One can continue receiving child support, even after Medicaid or TANF relief has stopped, unless the parent makes a specific request.

A child is also entitled to receive child support if he or she is placed in foster care. Once the child is released from the care of a foster parent and comes back to parental care, then child support is also paid. Even a putative or alleged father is entitled to receive child support in certain circumstances.

The Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSEU) also helps a parent to establish a case record, locate a noncustodial parent, including information about the parent's address, employment and even health care coverage. The CSEU also helps to establish paternity of a child born out of wedlock. If a parent wants to modify child support, then also he or she can take the assistance of CSEU. The CSEU is also responsible for collecting and distributing payments, such as child support, medical support and others.

Source: childsupport.ny.gov, "Check my payments," Accessed March 1, 2015

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