Starting child support
Calculating child support
To calculate, you must complete a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet and you should review the child support guidelines. To assist you, a child support calculator may be found on the Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Child Support Services website.
Modifying child support
At any time, a person paying or receiving child support may ask the court to change the support order based on a substantial change of circumstances. If 3 years have passed since the last child support order was issued, either party may ask the court to change the order without needing to show a substantial change in circumstances.
Enforcing an existing child support order
To enforce a child support order, you may file a Petition for Contempt.
Out-of-state child support order:
To register or enforce a child support order from another state, file a Petition to Register Foreign Order.
Child Support Hearings Officers
In some Family Division locations, a child support hearings officer will hear matters involving child support and make recommendations to the court.