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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

Fathers And Families

Non-custodial and divorced fathers often have trouble navigating the legal and child support system. The following tips may help:

  • Establish paternity.
  • Attend every child support hearing regarding your case.
  • Pay something even when you can not pay the full amount.
  • Document payments and keep receipts of purchases requested by the mother and paid on your child's behalf.
  • Keep a record of dates and times when you did and did not work and the reasons why.
  • Keep copies of all documents from DSS, Family Court, a Clerk of Court, Attorney or the mother regarding child support and visitation.
  • Do not ignore official correspondence.
  • Contact DSS if you believe you are being harassed by a private child support collection agency.

Explore our site further for information in categories such as child support, paternity and more.