My question involves child support in the State of: Arkansas
My child's father has not been seen or heard from in over 2 years. The child will soon be 3 and the father lives out of state (Illinois). I have decided to seek child support, but have several questions/concerns.
1. How do I go about locating him? I have tried is last known number and email with no repsonse. Do I simply let child support enforcement handle that?
2. How long should this process take through child support enforcement given that he is out of state?
3. I realize the visitation and support are separate legal issues, but I have some concerns. I tried very hard to get him to be involved in her life. He saw her 3 times in 8 months and provided some support at that time. He is not on her birth certificate even though I had the paperwork filled out for him to get notarized. I have never tried to keep him from her, but now that he's disapeared for so long I worry about him seeking visitation and having to send her out of state when he's a stranger to her. What is the likelihood that he would be granted out of state visitation rights for a child that doesn't know him? And what would the process be if he tried to seek visitation now that I'm trying to collect child support?
I could really use his help financially which is why I'm seeking support. If he then chooses to be involved in her life I would gladly allow that, but I don't feel comfortable having to send her out of state until he's proven that he's going to be involved in her life for the long run and established a relationship with her first.
Thanks in advance for any insight!