What You Need to Know When
Applying for Child Support

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.

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When Applying For Child Support You Should...

Applying for child support services 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.

  • Location of Absent Parents
  • Establishment of Support Orders & Modification of Existing Child Support Orders
  • Enforcement of Court Ordered Support Orders
  • Federal and State Income Tax Refund Offset Submittal for the Collection of Child support Arrearages.
  • Withholding of Wages and Unearned income for the Payment of Court Ordered Support
  • Establishment of Paternity (in cases of out-of -wedlock births)
  • Collection and Disbursement of Payments
  • Interstate Collection of Child Support

Custodial or non-custodial parents may apply for services at their local agency in their county of residence, or you may apply online. In some states there may be a non-refundable processing fee.

What Documents Should I bring when I File for Child Support?

  • A Valid Photo ID, such as your Driver's License
  • Proof of Your Address, such as rent receipt, mortgage statement, or utility bill
  • Birth Certificate(s) for the child/ren for whom you are seeking child support.
  • Recent contact information, or any information you have regarding the current location of the absent parent.

If possible, also bring the following:

  • Proof of Paternity
  • Social Security cards for yourself and each of your children
  • Wage Information, including:
  • Recent pay stubs, and
  • W-2 forms
  • Payment History and/or arrears statement
  • Existing Support Orders, including:
  • Uniform Support Petition
  • Notice of Determination of Controlling Order
  • Divorce Decree
  • Description of Real/Personal Property

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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