How to Demand and Collect Child Support Online
If you are a single parent, you already understand the financial struggle that comes with providing for a child. Under federal law, both parents are required to provide financial support to their children.
If you are the custodial parent of a child, and you would like to apply for child support services online, DoNotPay is here to help.
What Are Child Support Services?
Every state has a Child Support Agency that assists parents and legal guardians with different child support-related matters. Some of the services that are provided include:
- Establishing Paternity
- Locate the noncustodial parent
- Modify child support orders
- Collect child support payments
- Disburse payment to the custodial parent
- Enforce a child support agreement
Each state may have different rules and regulations when it comes to how its child support agencies work. However, they all provide the same basic services.
Who Can Apply for Child Support Online?
Any custodial parent can apply for child support services. To be considered the custodial parent, you must live in the same home as the child and take care of the child the majority of the time.
To be a custodial parent, you do not have to be the biological parent of that child. You could be a grandparent or other relative, an adoptive parent, or any other form of primary caretaker. As long as you have legal custody of the child, you are considered to be their parent or guardian.
How Old Does the Child Have to Be to Apply for Child Support?
You can apply for child support services if you're a custodial parent of a child that is under the age of 18 years old. If the child is 18 or 19 years old and is still attending high school full time, you may be able to continue to receive child support until the child has graduated high school.
How to Apply for Child Support Services Online
The application process can vary depending on the state. However, the general rules and steps will apply to most child support offices. To apply online, follow these steps:
- Visit the Office of the Administration for Children website.
- Click on the "Office of Child Support Enforcement" tab.
- Once you have been redirected to that page, click on the word "Parents" that is located in the drop-down menu on the left side of the screen.
- Then Click on "How Do You Get Child Support" which is located on the left side of the screen.
- It will then take you to the "Applying for Child Support" page. Once there, click on the box that says "Select a State."
- A drop-down menu will appear. Select your state from the list provided.
- You will then be directed to your state's online application.
Once you have found the application online, you will need to fill it out. It may ask you about your income, your monthly expenses, and other questions related to you and your child. You will also be required to submit a birth certificate for your child as well as a social security number and proof of identification for yourself.
How to Use DoNotPay to Send a Demand Letter for Child Support
If you feel that you are owed child support and are not receiving the benefits that you deserve, DoNotPay can help. To send a child support demand letter simply follow these three simple steps:
- Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.
- Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.
- Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.
DoNotPay Can Help With All of Your Child Support Issues
No matter what problem you are having with child support, DoNotPay is here to help. Not only can we help you send a child support demand letter, but we can also help to answer a wide range of questions that you may have about child support. Some of the child support services that we provide include:
- Learn about not paying child support
- Learn about child support tax laws in your area
- Learn how child support works
- Get help with back child support
- Learn about child support arrears
- Find out if you have to pay child support
What Else Can DoNotPay Help You Do?
DoNotPay was created to help make your life easier. Not only can we help you with your child support issues, but we can also help you complete a wide range of tasks quickly and easily.
DoNotPay can help you:
- Get help with divorce settlement agreements
- Fight for compensation in small claims court
- Quickly file an insurance claim
- Easily send defamation demand letters
- Appeal financial aid decisions
- Send a Letter of Intent to homeschool your child