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Child Support office State programs assists custodial parents by establishing parentage and orders for child and medical support, locating noncustodial parents and their property, enforcing child and medical support orders, and modifying support orders as appropriate. In some states Non-custodial parents enrolled in an insurance plan at work may be required to include the child under this coverage while those not covered by any insurance plan may be required to obtain medical coverage, if available at a reasonable cost. Child support Programs provide assistance which helps to ensure that parents fulfill their mutual obligation to financially support and provide health care for their children.

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  1. Open a child support case

  2. Locate the noncustodial parent

  3. Establish paternity

  4. File a child support support order

  5. Set-up child support payment

  6. Enforce the order

  7. Review the order




Child support assistance/enforcement may be provided by private attorneys, legal clinics, family law facilitators’ offices or child support enforcement programs which are available in all states, often as a component of the district attorney’s office. Child support office services helps children receive the financial support necessary for their growth and development. Included are services for people who want to locate an absent parent; establish paternity; establish a child support order; request that the non-custodial parent provide health insurance for a child in conjunction with a child support order; change the amount of a child support award; dispute a child support award; or enforce payment of child support monies in cases where the supporting parent is delinquent in paying or refuses to pay or make health insurance arrangements altogether. Child support is money paid by one parent to another for the maintenance, including the education, of their children following the dissolution of their marriage or other relationship.

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Child support office agencies provide the following services:

  • locate noncustodial parents

  • establish paternity

  • establish and enforce support orders

  • modify orders when appropriate

  • collect and pay child support payments

Child Support programs promote parent accountability and self sufficiency while reducing the public’s responsibility for providing financial and medical support to children. These child support social services are available to all parents who need them.   

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  1. Your child support payments can be changed only by a court’s modification order. The modification process can increase or decrease payments. The ways you can lower child support payments will vary by circumstance. You will need to convince a court that the financial situation of one or both of the parents has changed substantially generally. To lower your payments, you will need to file a motion in court to modify your child support payments. Most courts have pre-printed “fill in the blank” motion forms You will need to file this motion in the court that issued the initial child support order.

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What does the child support agency need to know?

Q) What does the child support agency need to know? A) No matter where you start — establishing paternity, finding a noncustodial parent, establishing or enforcing a support order — the child support office must have enough information to work on your case effectively.  All information you provide will be treated in confidence. The more details… Continue Reading

Will I receive the entire amount of support paid?

Q) Will I receive the entire amount of support paid? A) If you have not received cash assistance, you will receive the total child support payment (less any fees the state may collect). If you are receiving cash assistance, check with your state child support agency. Some states will pass some or all of the child support payments through to you. Others will use… Continue Reading

Not fair that state enforce my child support, what about me seeing kids

Q) I’m the noncustodial parent. I love my kids. I pay my child support. About half the time when I go to pick them up for my weekend, my ex-wife has made other plans for them. It’s not fair that the state will enforce my child support obligation but not do anything about my right to see my kids. A) Many state or local governments… Continue Reading

My child’s father has moved state, can income withholding work

Q) My child’s father works for a big company and has moved several times in her job. Can income withholding work in this case? A) Yes. States must recognize the income withholding orders from other states, and continue the income withholding as ordered, without regard to where the noncustodial parent or the custodial parent and children live. Continue Reading

What documents do I need to bring to the child support office?

Q)  What documents do I need to bring to the child support office? A) Bring as much as you can of the following information and documents. This will help the child support office locate the parent, establish paternity, and establish and enforce your child support order. Information about the noncustodial parent name, address and Social Security… Continue Reading

Will location and enforcement services cost more if out of state

Q) Will location and enforcement services cost more if my agency is dealing with another state or jurisdiction? A)  Possibly. It depends on what the child support office has to do to find the noncustodial parent and establish regular payment. The more solid information and leads you provide, the more efficiently your case can be conducted. For… Continue Reading

Children’s father is paid in cash under the table. Withholding won’t work

Q) The children’s father is paid in cash under the table. Income withholding won’t work for me. What will? A) Automatic billing, telephone reminders, and delinquency notices from your child support office might convince him to make regular payments. Other techniques, such as property attachment, credit bureau reporting, tax refund offset, and liens might work for the arrearages. States can suspend or revoke drivers, professional, occupational,… Continue Reading

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