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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.

Steps In Establishing Child SupportChild Support

  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.



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. I have my sister son. When we lived in Fayetteville, TN the court put her in child support! We live in Alabama now!! She said the child support office too her taxes and stimulus check. I ain’t received no payments!!

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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

I need to modify child support.

Q) My daughter will be attending college this fall. I need to modify child support. Her name is Leah K***o. Her dads name is R**n K***o. And my name is Laci M***e. A) To modify a child support order you need to ask the Probate and Family Court. Steps needed to modify a child support… 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

Father of great grandson had parental rights taken, he now lives in Hawaii. Can we go after him for child support?

Q) We have permanent guardianship of our great grandson. His father was in jail for 6 1/2 years. Got out last August and now lives in Hawaii. He had his parental rights taken from him for a felony child abuse. Can we go after him for child support? This all took place in Florida. A) It may… Continue Reading

Child’s father said his federal tax refund was taken for child support.

Q) My child’s father told me weeks ago that his federal tax refund was taken for child support. When will I get the money? A) It usually takes three to five weeks from the time the money is offset from the obligor’s tax refund until the state receives it. The Department of the Treasury has encouraged states to hold collections from joint tax returns… Continue Reading

I just went to court and was awarded Child Support but the judge didn’t say how they would be paid.

Q) Hi, I just went to court and was awarded Child Support but the judge didn’t say how they would be paid. In Orange County, NY if the respondent doesn’t show for the court dates and a decision is made without them, will the support be docked automatically from the respondents paycheck? I know the respondent… Continue Reading

I pay child support monthly. Why can’t I claim my child as a dependent?

Q) I pay child support every month. I buy extras like school clothes and pay for field trips. Why can’t I claim my child as a dependent? A) Under domestic relations tax provisions set forth by the Internal Revenue Code, for divorced or separated parents, the parent who has custody for a greater portion of the calendar year is entitled… Continue Reading

Hi, Im pregnant and would like to contact the suspected Father of my child in regards to the Child Support

Q) Hi, Im pregnant and would like to contact the suspected Father of my child in regards to the Child Support process and where he would begin. He did mention a couple of months ago that he was willing to pay child support but nothing else. I want to establish Paternity first and foremost. However… Continue Reading

I tried to get a passport was denied it because of child support

Q) I tried to get a passport for a business trip abroad. The State Department denied it because of child support. I don’t know which state said I owe child support. A) If you do not know which state certified your case, or if you have never owed back child support, check the list provided with the Department of State denial letter for the… Continue Reading

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

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DISCLAIMER: This site is NOT affiliated with any government sites or agencies, this site is for informational purposes only. If you have questions about child support issues it’s always best you contact your local child support office.