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Child Support Handbook

Answers to your questions

Published: February 28, 2013
Information About:
Case Management

This Handbook is a guide to help you get child support. You'll find the steps to follow to establish fatherhood, obtain a support order, and collect the support due, whether you are working with your state, local, or tribal child support program or your own attorney. There is information for noncustodial parents about providing financial and emotional support to your children and keeping in touch with them, and about keeping support orders fair.

We have organized the Handbook so that you can refer directly to the chapter you need, or you can download the full Handbook document for easy printing.


Full document for printing (PDF)


Chapter 1 - Introduction.pdf

Chapter 2 - Finding the Noncustodial Parent.pdf

Chapter 3 - Establishing Fatherhood.pdf

Chapter 4 - Establishing the Support Order.pdf

Chapter 5 - Collecting Support.pdf

Chapter 6 - Where the Money Goes.pdf

Chapter 7 - Working Across Borders.pdf

Chapter 8 - Rights and Responsibilities.pdf

Chapter 9 - Conclusion.pdf

Although the function of the child support program is to collect and distribute child support payments, throughout the Handbook we hope to give the message that children fare best when both parents play an active, supportive role in their lives.

To get help with your case or to apply for child support, contact your state or tribal child support program.

Last Reviewed: June 4, 2015