About child support
Published 1:00 am, Saturday, November 1, 2008
A: You must have a court order to receive child support. There are three ways to get one. You can hire an attorney to pursue your case in court, represent yourself in court, or apply for child support services (IV-D) offered by the state.
Child support services are free of charge. Contact your regional office of the Department of Social Services for an application.
Q: How do I enforce a child support order?
A: If you have applied for IV-D services, the Support Enforcement Services Unit will enforce your child support order using three tools: income withholding; finding a parent in contempt of court (a parent can be incarcerated until payment is delivered); license suspension for 30 days (driver's license, professional or occupational license).
Q. Where do I get help to get started?
A: Call Support Enforcement Services. They have electronic records at their fingertips that can help you navigate the system. Call (800) 228-KIDS.