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If her income is low enough, she can file for TANF benefits (also called "cash aid.")
If she does this, the state of Indiana will pursue reimbursement from the father.
If her income is not low enough to qualify for TANF, there is no type of monetary assistance available while child support is pending.
If your friend is not on TANF and she is willing to accept a mediated amount of child support, she can do so without a court order. However, she can change her mind at any time and request a court order for child support. The court would calculate child support using a program similar to this online child support calculator.
If your friend is on TANF, child support cannot be mediated and will have to be pursuant to a court order. It will be enforced by the State whether she wants it enforced or not.
Thank you for your response. Is it possible for the courts to pursue action against the British husband (should she choose this course)? If so...this might make the husband more willing to voluntarily send support once he gets a job.
I am looking up to see if the UK has a reciprocal agreement with Indiana - give me a moment...
Yes, Indiana and the UK do have a reciprocal child support agreement so Indiana would be able to enforce a child support order in the UK, or the UK would enter a child support order on behalf of your friend or the State of Indiana and would enforce that order.
Thank you very much. I will tell my friend. Appriciate your help (My sense is that this husband also loves his wife, but he's clueless regarding money management (unless it's a bill he must pay) and maybe the knowledge that he could be legally pursued will help this 25 year old guy to "man up" when he has a job.
I hope that works!
Bye. Am happyto pay this bill.
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