When you start moving towards collecting your child support, I always suggest that you use a good method of child support record keeping every step of the way. There is no precise way to do this and most moms at this stage prefer something very basic because they are already handling so much and have so much on their plates. If this sounds like you, a regular composition book from any store will do just fine.
Record everything that you do. When you make a call to anyone, it doesn’t matter if it’s the county clerk’s office to ask about notary fees or if it’s the child support office to get a copy of your judgment, record the info. Date, time, the person that you spoke with and the outcomes of the call may all be important to you at some point and you don’t want to take the chance of not remembering your steps.
This information can also function as tools to help you along the way. If your record-keeping log shows that you are always able to reach the clerk in the mornings around 10:00 but never in the afternoons, you can carve your time around calling her then when she is likely to be reachable. You would never realize this however, unless you had a log which showed you the outcomes of the calls you have made to her office to reach her.
Likewise, indicate whether you have left messages with a person (and their name), on voicemail, sent an email or when you made contact. If you end up having to write a complaint letter for some reason, you can review your log notes and use the information in your complaint. This is especially true when dealing with the CSE agency. A solid method of child support record keeping is invaluable to your overall collection strategy.