The Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services ensures that parents provide financial support to their children.
How do I file for child support?
- Apply online and pay the $25 fee by credit card, money order or personal check. If you receive benefits from Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Family Medicaid, you can apply for free.
- Find the parent who doesn't have custody. Where does that parent live and work?
- If you're a mother, confirm that the father is legally recognized as a parent. If you aren't sure who your child's father is, Child Support Services will help you set up an appointment for genetic testing.
- File a support order.
Kinship caregivers can also apply for child support. Learn about applying for child support as a kinship caregiver from the Kinship Care Portal.