How Do You Get Child Support?
There are typically three steps to apply for child support services (PDF).
- Contact your local child support office
- Gather documents you’ll need to present
- Complete an application
Each state has their own requirements. The best thing to do is contact your local office and ask them what documents you need and how to apply.
Find your state on our map to email or call your local child support office. They will help you open a case, change the amount of your child support payments, if appropriate, and answer specific questions about your case.
Contact your local child support office to apply for services. Your state may allow you to apply online. You might need to provide documents like birth certificates and information about your income and expenses like daycare and health care. Ask your local office for a complete list.
Find out how to make a payment in your state.
If you have a significant change in income or living situation and want to request a change in your local child support order, contact your child support office.
The United States has arrangements with other countries to provide child support services. Contact your local child support office to learn how your state handles international cases.
Many tribes operate a child support program to enforce cases in a culturally appropriate way. Contact your tribe to apply for services or get more information. Our contact map lists all tribal child support programs by state.