In Arkansas, when you are dealing with child support, you may hear the term “custodial party.” It is important that you understand what this means. If you are the custodial party, then you also need to understand the requirements you must meet and the responsibilities that you have.
According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, you are the custodial party if you take care of your children’s daily needs. In other words, if you have physical custody, you are the custodial party in child support matters.
It is your responsibility to make sure that you appear for every court hearing and respond to all requests for information. You also have the responsibility of ensuring your child is made available if paternity testing needs to be done. You have to provide any information you have about the other parent, along with keeping child support informed of change in your own information.
Above all, you have to cooperate with the child support agency on your case. Not cooperating could result in your child support payments being stopped or delayed. You may have to go to court more often. You may also face penalties for refusal to cooperate.
Do keep in mind that child support is not a representative on your behalf. The job of the child support agency is simply to administer payments and manage your case information. Remember that if you have a court order for child support, the agency will continue to collect it until being told to stop by the court. You cannot manage your own case. This information is for education and is not legal advice.