Nebraska Child Support
How to apply for child support in Nebraska
Nebraska’s Child Support Enforcement agency provides support for parents looking to establish paternity, arrange the support orders or enforce a support order. Custodial parents, non-custodial parents, a legal guardian or the child themselves can apply for the support services. Applicants need to first fill out a Child Support Application. These applications can be found online or requested through the Nebraska Child Support Customer Service Center at 877-631-9973, option 2. If you are currently pregnant, then you will need to wait until the child is born before initiating the support services. The entire form should take about 20 minutes to fully complete. Download Forms.
How Does Nebraska Calculate Child Support?
In Nebraska, calculating an acceptable level of child support involves determining the number of children in need of support, both parent’s net income and the percentage of income each parent is currently contributing.
How to claim and pay child support in NE?
Nebraska’s Child Support Payment Center is attempting to switch over all payments to an electronic billing method. Currently, the center emails non-custodial payments their billing statement with a link to the website where they can pay their support. They can also text message a link or send parent’s their bill through the mail. Payments can be made through a bank card, electronically, through PayPal or with cash at participating locations throughout the state. Parents can receive payments either through direct deposit to their bank account or on ReliaCard.
Child Support Performance Stats for Nebraska
Nebraska successfully collected and dispersed $205,231,434 in child support payments in 2014.
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Can the support be paid off early?
Paying parents are not advised to pay off child support payments early. Circumstances may change in the future that would alter the payment amounts.
What Will Happen if You fall Behind the Support Payment in NE?
- Withholding Wages
- Interception of federal income tax returns
- Reporting late payments to credit agencies
- Revocation of passport
- Liens on property
- Suspension of licenses (drivers, recreational and professional)
- Garnishment of bank accounts
Can you get alimony and support at the same time?
Yes. Alimony in Nebraska is dedicated to supporting a former spouse. The support payments are entirely separate and dedicated to providing for the basic expenses of raising the child.
Can you stop the support payments in Nebraska?
No. You shouldn’t stop paying the support unless the order has been terminated. Failing to pay, even when it’s an honest mistake, can result in serious punishments.
Child Support and Taxes
Parents that don’t live together in Nebraska will need to decide which party will claim the child as a dependent for income tax purposes. This individual will receive the tax credit. If parents can’t come to an agreement amongst themselves, then courts may need to get involved and make a legally binding decision.
Can Nebraska child support payments be claimed on taxes?
Unlike alimony payments, child support payments are not tax-deductible, so the paying parent can’t claim the support payment on their taxes in Nebraska.
How does my child support affect my taxes in Nebraska?
Nebraska considers child support tax-free for federal income tax purposes, so the parent receiving the payments doesn’t owe taxes on that money. It does not need to be included as income.
Can the support be taken pre-tax?
Support payments are taken after income tax.
Can child support Take my federal tax return?
Yes. The Nebraska Department of Revenue maintains the authority to offset the support debts with an individual’s federal income tax refund. If you are late on payments, then your tax return may be seized.
Paternity Establishment in Nebraska
Paternity means legally defining a child’s relationship with their father. Establishing paternity is crucial because a support order cannot be created until paternity is already legally established. Nebraska’s Child Support Enforcement agency can help parents establish paternity. This process is usually initiated when one parent files a Complaint for Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support with the clerk of the district court.
How do you establish paternity in Nebraska?
Paternity may be established either automatically, voluntarily or involuntarily. Courts assume paternity when a child is born while the parents are married. Fathers may also voluntarily acknowledge paternity by completing legally binding forms that will add them to the child’s birth certificate. Paternity may also be established involuntarily through court-ordered genetic tests.
What rights does a father have if not on birth certificate?
If the father is not listed on the birth certificate, then he doesn’t have any parental rights to the child. He will need to establish paternity through the courts to assert his rights as the child’s father.
Can a mother refuse me paternity test?
No. A mother may try to convince you that she will refuse a paternity test, but she will not have an option when a court orders the paternity test.
How to establish paternity if the father is deceased?
If the father is deceased, then you must have a valid, reasonable reason to establish paternity that would be beneficial for the child. Nebraska Courts can order genetic testing of the family members, but they only do this in extreme circumstances.
Can a father get a paternity test without the mother?
It is possible for the father to obtain a paternity test without the mother’s DNA. It’s advised that fathers seek out a court-ordered paternity test when the mother refuses to agree to the test.
How long does a father have to establish paternity in Nebraska?
An acknowledgment or affidavit of paternity (AOP) can be signed at the hospital within 72 hours of the child's birth, or at the local health department in Nebraska. Both the mother and the father must sign the affidavit. Within 60 days of the signing the affidavit, however, anyone who is entitled to file a paternity case can file a case and ask for genetic testing. In Nebraska, a petition for paternity must be filed within four years of the child’s birth. There are certain circumstances in which courts will make an exception to this time limit, but it’s best to consult with an attorney when the child is over 4-years-old.
Support order establishment
The state of Nebraska believes that both parents share an equal duty and responsibility to support their child both financially and otherwise. When parents aren’t living together, the non-custodial parent will often be required to make financial payments to the other parent to help provide for the basic needs of the child.
State Child Support orders
Once an appropriate amount of support is determined by the court, a support order will be established. It’s mandatory for non-custodial parents to remain compliant with the terms and conditions of the support order. Failing to pay can prompt Nebraska’s Child Support Enforcement agency to take action against you, your income or your property.
Can the support be modified in Nebraska?
Yes. While the support orders are binding and mandatory orders, they are subject to modification when circumstances call for a review of the order.
The support orders can be modified when there has been a significant change in the financial circumstances of one of the parents or when custody arrangements have been altered.
How do I file for a modification of NE child support?
Parents can file for a modification of child support by making either a written or verbal request through Nebraska’s Child Support Customer Service Call Center at 877-631-9973, option 2.
Can a support order appealed?
The state of Nebraska very rarely appeals to a support order.
Do you need a lawyer to modify the support in NE?
A lawyer is not required when pursuing a modification of a support order. It’s important for the applicant to file the correct paperwork and collect important documents, but this can be achieved without hiring an attorney.
Nebraska Child support Enforcement
How long does the support enforcement take in NE?
Processing times are affected by things like whether or not paternity needs to be established and if a non-custodial parent can be located.
What to do when the Nebraska child support is not paid?
If you aren’t receiving payments on your support order, then it may be your best option to request an enforcement order from the court or the Child Support Enforcement Agency.
What Happens if I’m not paying the support in Nebraska?
Enforcement actions may include but are not limited to wage garnishment and the revocation of drivers and professional licenses.
How much overdue child support payment can be considered a felony?
Overdue payments that exceed $10,000 or have been outstanding for over two years can result in a felony criminal charge.
Can the support debt be forgiven?
There is no statute of limitations on overdue the support payments, and these debts are very rarely forgiven by the state who takes parental responsibilities very seriously.
How to Terminate for Child support in Nebraska?
How do I stop a support order?
File a request for support order termination with the courts.
When Can I Apply for the Support Termination?
The support orders can be terminated when the child has reached 19-years-old, passed away, gotten married or been emancipated through a court order.
Can the custodial parent close a support case?
As long as the custodial parent isn’t receiving public assistance, they can close the support case at any time.
What age do you stop paying child support in Nebraska?
When the child has turned 19, passed away, gotten married or been legally emancipated.
19 is the legal age at which parents can stop paying the support.
Nebraska hearing rights
Nebraska upholds a parent’s right to seek a paternity, custody, child support or modification of child support hearing. Children are also given the right to seek a paternity case.
NE Child Support Guidelines & Laws
Nebraska’s child support guidelines attempt to create an order that best serves the interests of the child. Courts are granted discretion to deviate from the guidelines when a parent’s net income exceeds $10,000 per month, when the child is disabled, when the child or parent has extraordinary medical costs or when applying the guidelines would be inappropriate.
Nebraska Child Support Coverage
What is the support meant to cover?
In Nebraska, the support is meant to cover the basic expenses associated with raising a child. This includes basic necessities like shelter, clothing, food, educational needs, and health care.
Does the Support Cover Medical Care Expenses?
Yes, medical support including out-of-pocket costs can be covered with the support payments under Nebraska child support laws.
What if Both Parents are working, will the Support Cover child care services?
Childcare expenses are usually not included in the state’s child support guidelines amount, but these costs can be included in the order when courts verify the childcare services are required for the parent to obtain education, training or employment.
Are Car Maintenance Costs Covered by the Support?
Usually, courts will not include car maintenance costs in the support orders.
What is Considered Basic Entertainment for the Support?
Basic entertainment generally means age-appropriate and reasonable expenses associated with keeping the child entertained. Cable costs, internet fees or computer expenses may be included in this figure.
Are College and school expenses Covered by the Support in Nebraska?
Support orders generally extend until the child reaches 19-years-old. If the child is in college before that age, then college-expenses may be included. Unless the parents have an explicit agreement, college expenses will not be covered past the age of 19.
Yes, a child’s basic educational needs, which includes school-related costs, will be covered by child support.
Are Extracurricular Activities covered by Support?
Yes, Nebraska’s child support payments are meant to cover many expenses including extracurricular activities.
Nebraska Child Support Offices
|Nebraska Child Support Payment Center (NCSPC)
|421 S 9th St #137, Lincoln, NE
|Child Support Enforcement, Department of Health and Human Services
|Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4728
|Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
|Winnebago, Nebraska 68071
County Child Support Offices in NE
|Adams County, NE Clerk of The District Court - Child Support Office
|500 West 4th Street, Suite 200, Hastings, Nebraska 68901
|Antelope County, NE Clerk of The District Court - Child Support Office
|501 Main Street, Neligh, NE 68756
|Arthur County, NE Clerk of The District Court - Child Support Office
|205 Fir St, P.O. Box 126, Arthur, NE 69121
Download Child support Forms for Nebraska
|Financial Affidavit for Child Support (English)
|Child Support Termination Application and Affidavit
|Affidavit and Application for Order to Show Cause (Child Support)
|Order to Show Cause (Child Support)