Apply for Child Support
Steps to Opening a Case
- File your application - Once your case is opened, we will follow up on the information you have given us. The Department will send you a letter with your case information after opening the case.
- Locate the other parent - If you don’t know the other parent’s address, we will try to obtain it. Any information you can give us—like current or past jobs, addresses, and earnings—will help us find the other parent. Note: All cases are confidential. Any information provided and/or obtained by this department will not be disclosed with the exception of documents filed with the courts.
- Establish fatherhood - The local child support agency can help you establish fatherhood with a Paternity Opportunity Program (POP) Declaration or a court order. The declaration is a form you can fill out that must be signed by both parents to establish fatherhood without going to court. The department will help you arrange for testing when the child’s father is in question. View the Paternity Opportunity Program Video
- Obtain a child support order - Legal action will be taken to get child support from the obligor parent. The amount of child support is determined by the income of each parent and the amount of the time each parent spends with the child, among other considerations.
- Enforce the child support order - The department has a number of ways to collect child support for children. The most common way is by withholding part of the obligor parent’s wages from his or her paycheck.
For more information on the benefits of opening a child support case, please contact us for an assessment based upon the needs of your family.