File an Affidavit to declare indigence or state an inability to afford fees if you cannot afford the filing fees for the motions and services you will have to file when pursuing your back child support. For many moms, even having a document notarized to present to the court is a financial problem. For other moms, the problems will kick in when you get to higher priced filings such as registering your judgment in another state which can cost hundreds of dollars. Thankfully, there is a process in place to help those moms who cannot afford the fees, you just have to seek it out because chances are that no one will tell you about it.
Many times there are special circumstances in which you can qualify for waivers of fees without being legally indigent. It is possible that you may earn $35,000 and still not be able to afford filing fees. Maybe your child care bill is high, or maybe your rent or mortgage is high or you buy prescriptions every month – whatever. If you earn OVER the threshold, complete the affidavit supplement and submit it along with the affidavit for your special circumstances to be considered. It is your job to prove that despite your income, you really cannot afford filing fees to pursue your back child support.
Here are the steps:
- Download the Affidavit to Declare Indigence
- Complete the form. Use our Sample Forms in our Sample Letters, Forms, Language Section
- Make a copy for your records
- Bring original Affidavit and your “proof” of your indigence with you to the clerk’s office