Filing for Child Support the Hassle-Free Way

Child Support Payments Filing for Child Support the Hassle-Free Way

Filing for Child Support the Hassle-Free Way

Getting separated is a tough thing to go through, especially if there are kids involved. Getting to decide who will support the children after you are separated is an even tougher task. You should file a petition for child support payment from the non-custodial parent as a custodial parent.

Raising a child is mentally, physically, and financially draining and you should not do it alone. Both of you as parents should take the responsibility of taking care of your kid(s), although most of the time, the other parent might default on their child support payment. In a situation where the other parent defaults on their child support payment, you should file a demand letter with child services requesting the other parent to honor their dues.

Filing for child support is overwhelming, and it will drain you. That is why DoNotPay will help you in filing for child support.

How is Child Support Calculated

Depending on where you live the amount of support you receive after filing for child support is determined by one of three methods:

Income Shares ModelDetermines child support amounts based on proportional income and the amount each parent would have spent raising the child if the parents were living together.

There are three steps involved when calculating child support using the income shares model:

  1. Identify Income
  2. Identify Basic Parental Obligation
  3. Make Physical Case Adjustments
Percentage of Obligor's IncomeChild Support amounts are determined by considering ONLY the obligor’s income as the primary factor. Child support amounts are a percentage of only the noncustodial parent's


This model has two variations:

  1. Flat: When the child support amount does not change if income changes.
  2. Varying: When the amount owed directly corresponds with changes in income.
Melson formulaThe Melson formula is only used in Montana, Delaware, and Hawaii. It operates similarly to the Income Shares Model however it takes three primary factors into consideration:

  1. Parents are entitled to sufficient income to meet their basic needs
  2. Parents shouldn’t be permitted to retain more income than required to meet their basic needs.
  3. Child(ren) are entitled to share in any additional income and benefit from a noncustodial parent’s higher standard of living.

How to File for Child Support on Your Own

Each state has its own procedure for requesting child support. To get started, go to your state's Department of Social Services or Department of Child Protective Services and create an account. Visit the Office of Child Support Enforcement online to apply for child support in your area. The majority of states in the nation allow, and especially encourage, applicants to complete and submit the required paperwork online.

You, the other parent, and the child(ren) for whom you are petitioning must all provide identifying data on the application. A nominal cost is normally charged to apply. In New Jersey, for example, filing for child support costs $6.You may normally download the form, fill it in and email it, fax it, or drop it yourself at your local county child support office if that is your preference.

Documents You Need to File for Child Support

You'll need the following paperwork ready and available if you're applying for child support for the very first time, seeking a formal child support change, or simply updating your existing contact details.

  1. A legitimate proof of identities, such as a driving license or a passport that is up to date.
  2. Contact information of the other parent and any information you know about their present residence or place of work.
  3. A current rental receipt, loan statement, or utility bill to serve as proof of your residence.
  4. Certificates of birth for the kids you are requesting child support for.
  5. Additional financial paperwork, such as proof of real estate ownership if applicable.

You will either send a softcopy of these papers securely online or print and then mail or drop off hard copies to your local child support office, depending on the approach and status of your petition. Original documents are required in several states. For particular requirements in your region, check with your local child support service office.

Budgeting Tips for Child Support Payments

Divorce is painful. While it isn't a pleasant subject to discuss, over half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. If you are blessed with children, you'll need to figure out how to budget your monthly child support payment.

Reduce Unnecessary SpendingMake a budget that covers all of your monthly costs, such as bills, automobile payments, and loan repayments. Make sure you include entertainment, television, and groceries. Check to see if there are any areas where you can save money. If you dine out five times a week, for instance, you should buy groceries instead.
Stay Consistent With Your Child Support PaymentsIf you don't have child support deducted from your salary, you should set up regular installments to avoid getting behind on your payments. You can do this through your bank or the Office of Child Support Enforcement in your area.
Pay Some Money each MonthSome months will be more difficult than others, but you should always pay a portion of the overall bill. This is critical if you wish to avoid the legal ramifications of failing to pay child support.
Request Child Support Payments ModificationYou may seek an adjustment if your situation has changed and you cannot pay. Because this is a significant life change, you should get legal advice before proceeding.

Do Child Support Arrears Ever Go Away?

If you miss a child support payment, you are considered to be "in arrears." You will not stop making Child support payments even after your child has reached adulthood. As a result, even after the child has achieved maturity, the payments you should have made before they turned 18 remain enforceable.

However, keep in mind that state regulations on this subject might differ slightly. Some states, for example, stop paying child support at the age of 18, whereas others do so at the age of 19. After the child turns 18, certain states may alter child support requirements since the primary caregiver no longer needs to support the child. Regardless of these disparities, alimony payments must proceed until the overdue total is paid in full, irrespective of the kid's age.

How DoNotPay Will Help You File Child Support

If you want to file a demand letter for late child support payments but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search for child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. 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.


  3. 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 has child support guides by state. Please see our guides for a more in-depth look at the policies in your state:

DelawareMinnesota Wyoming
South CarolinaKansasNorth Dakota
Rhode IslandNebraskaMississippi
New MexicoOhioArkansas
New HampshireNevadaArizona
AlabamaKentuckyWest Virginia
IdahoMassachusetts Georgia
Washington StateColoradoIndiana
CaliforniaNew YorkNew Jersey
FloridaNorth Carolina Wisconsin

Why Use DoNotPay to File for Child Support

  • Prompt: You don't have to spend hours filing for child support.
  • Easy: You don't have to struggle to fill out tedious forms or keep track of all the steps involved in filing for child support.
  • Effective: You can rest assured knowing we'll make the best case for you.

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