Claim Your Unclaimed Child Support Funds

Many parents throughout the country have a large amount of unclaimed child support funds that have yet to be deposited. Unclaimed money, also referred to as abandoned money, is usually sent to the State Treasury Department and sits in a fund if the owner does not claim it. Since this money is rightfully yours, you should take the necessary steps to receive your money as soon as possible.

Why didn't you receive your child support funds in the first place?

In many cases, parents may not have received some of their funds for a variety of reasons. In the past, you may have owed back child support for another child and the courts froze your child support payment. Or perhaps the court tried to deliver payment to you but did not know your correct address because you moved, enrolled in the armed forces, or were incarcerated. In many cases, the court will then send the money to your State Treasury Department and you will have to file the appropriate paperwork to obtain your money back.

How do you know if you have unclaimed money available?

All you need to do is submit your first and last name as well as a social security number into an unclaimed child support database. To expedite the process, if you have a child support case number, you can find your money quicker. In many states, this database is available online. For other states, they publish the names on a website and you can start the process once you determine you have funds. Some states require you to come into an actual governmental office to apply for your money.

What should you do next?

In many cases, it may be best to contact the court where your child support case was handled. This court may be able to help find your money or direct you to a state agency. Although state agencies always have an option to contact them either via mail, try calling or using the Internet. In many cases, this process is a bit long and arduous because it involves a great deal of research. Make sure to check in regularly to learn the status of your request because government agencies handle a large volume of cases and yours may slip through the cracks.

What documents do I need to claim my money?

In many cases, you need the original claims form, which can be downloaded off the Internet. It also may have been sent to you or you may be able to pick it up at a government office. All forms must be signed by all of the individuals listed on the claims documents. In some instances, you may need a notarized statement.

Depending on the state, you may need your driver’s license, proof of residency or social security card. If you are claiming the money from someone who is deceased, a death certificate, obituary or other probate documentation may be required. If you are claiming the money for a business, you may need other documentation as well or may be required to make an appointment with government personnel. Make sure to look up the laws in your state so that you provide the appropriate documentation.

If you find the process difficult, are their companies that can guide you?

There are companies that specialize in recovering unclaimed money for the consumer. These companies have databases that allow them to search in all fifty states. They can help navigate the process for you and within weeks, you may receive your funds. In many cases, that company must be registered and bonded in a particular state and their fees for recovering your money cannot be more than 10%-15%. If you decide to go through a company and ask them for assistance, make sure to find a reputable one.

Remember that the child support money is rightfully yours so you should begin the process of claiming it immediately especially since you are not accruing any interest on it. This money can be spent on your child or to recoup some of the financial losses you may have endured while not receiving child support. Although the process may be long and slightly complicated, if you take it step by step, you will receive your money.

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