Child Support and Court Services

Some claim that requiring non-custodial parents to pay child-support creates jobs to sustain the divorce industry. They point out that family court judges earn $90,000 to $160,000 per year (cf. p. 1 table) and each judge requires a staff. One association claims the industry consists of “60,000 professionals includes line/managerial/executive child support staff; state and local agencies; judges; court masters; hearing officers; government and private attorneys; social workers; advocates; corporations that partner with government to provide child support services and private collection agencies.” An industry of 60,000 professionals would comprise less than one-twentieth of a percent of the United State’s 147.3 million-person workforce.

In the United States, state courts typically maintain a child support division – essentially an accounting department recording amounts owed and paid. Some maintain that because the county clerks responsible for record keeping are not certified accountants, inaccuracies concerning child support payments are common. Some people also claim that outside auditors do not monitor the accuracy of child support reports. In many counties, like Illinois’ Cook and Kane counties, the division audits themselves. However other jurisidictions adopt different methods – for example, in 2003 independent auditors reviewed and audited the Child Support Enforcement Agency of Hawaii. The state of Texas has also conducted such an independent audit. The Clark County, Nevada district attorney’s office has also been independently audited (in 2003) regarding Child Support payment collections. And also in 2003, the state of Maryland recommended conducted outside audits on it’s five metro child support enforcement operations.


While the county’s reports are the official record keeper, the state also have their support reports, cancelled checks with relevant support orders is all the evidence needed to prove your claim.


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