Applying for child support can be a touchy, stressful, and not so easy thing to deal with. Be sure to file for a support order, because it's your child's right to be supported financially by both parents. If you and the other party can come up with your own agreement, do so. This way you and the other party are in more control of your situation. It also shows a mutual respect, and gives the other person a chance to brace themselves before child support is taken out of their check. If the two of you can agree on a certain monetary amount, be sure to get it in writing and file it with your child support agency.
Applying is a simple procedure. If you are going through a divorce the courts can automatically establish a support order for you. In this case be sure to discuss with your attorney or if you are representing yourself let the Judge know what you feel is fair. If you and the other party were never married, you will have to apply for child support through your local agency.
Reminder, you can not apply for child support if there is a paternity issue. You will have to wait for the DNA results. Once paternity has been established, you may then ask for an application to file for a child support order. Once you have applied, you will then be assigned a case worker, along with a case number.
Below you will find additional information and entitlements when applying for child support.
What Documents Should I bring when I File for Child Support?
Special Note: Be sure to bring the items listed above if they are available and/or pertain to your case when applying for child support.
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