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How to go about filing for child support
Pennsylvania Child Support Program
How to Apply for Child Support Services
To apply for child support services in Pennsylvania, please read and follow the directions provided in the frequently asked questions below:
Who can apply?
A custodial parent or person who has primary care, custody and control of a dependent child(ren). A custodian may also be a governmental agency.
An attorney on behalf of a parent or custodian and child(ren).
A putative father who would like to establish legal paternity for his child.
When can I apply?
Any time as long as the child is a dependent minor and you have full or shared custody, you have control of the child(ren), or you are a putative father. If you live in Pennsylvania, you can apply even if the noncustodial parent, the parent who does not have primary care, custody, or control of the child(ren), lives in another state.
If you need to apply to receive cash assistance, you will be referred by the County Assistance Office to the county Domestic Relations Section to take steps to get child support from the noncustodial parent.
Do you have an open child support case?
If you already have an open child support case in Pennsylvania for the same child(ren) and want to request a change in the support amount, contact your local county Domestic Relations Section to ask about modification. Click here for frequently asked questions about support order modification.
If you already have an open child support case in Pennsylvania with the same noncustodial parent and would like to add a child to the case, contact your local county Domestic Relations Section and ask about how to proceed.
If you already have an open child support case in another state for the same child(ren) and/or with the same noncustodial parent, contact your local county Domestic Relations Section to get instructions and information on how to apply or modify your order in another state.
How do I apply?
You may apply for support online using E-Services or submit an application to your local DRS.
Apply online using E-services by clicking here.
To print and submit an application directly to your local DRS you must:
Read the Social Security Disclosure form;
Print, complete, sign, and date the Application for Child or Spousal Support form;
Print, complete, sign, and date the Intake Questionnaire;
Print, complete, sign, and date the Complaint for Support; and
Contact your local county Domestic Relations Section to see if you have to schedule an appointment to deliver the forms in person.
Must I pay a fee to apply?
The following fees may be required based on the facts of your support case:
Judicial Computer Fee -
Pennsylvania law requires Pennsylvania courts to charge a $40.25 fee for every new court action. The Domestic Relations Section adds this fee to the support obligor’s debt balance when the obligor begins paying support.
Annual Federal Fee -
Federal law requires child support agencies to collect a $35 annual fee. In Pennsylvania, custodial parents that receive $2,000 or more in child support between October 1st and September 30th pay the $35 fee. You will not have to pay the annual fee if you have ever received cash assistance benefits. You will also not pay the fee if you receive less than $2,000 in child support during the year.
Click here for frequently asked questions about the $35 Annual fee.
When applying, what if I am not sure who is the father of the child(ren)?
Contact your local Domestic Relations Section to ask about paternity establishment.
Click here for frequently asked questions about paternity establishment.
Who can I contact with questions?
Contact your local county Domestic Relations Section.
Call the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement Helpline at 1-800-932-0211 with general child support questions. Case specific questions about the management of your case should be directed to your local county Domestic Relations Section.
Click here for frequently asked questions about child support services.
Enroll for Child Support Services
If you're new to the Division of Child Support you will need to submit some paperwork to get our services. Watch this brief video to learn about our services. To receive our services you will need to fill out a paper enrollment form. Follow the steps below to open a child support case:
If you need assistance with your application, contact the Community Relations Unit at 1--800-457-6202 or [email protected].
Print enrollment paperwork from this website or
Fill out the requested information at this link and an application will be mailed to you or
Call 1-800-457-6202 to have one mailed to you allowing 5-10 business days for delivery or
Drop by any of our nine offices
Complete the forms to the best of your ability. If you're having trouble we have a video that will walk you through the process.
Be sure to sign the forms
Mail or fax forms with any supporting documentation to:
By fax : toll free 1-866-668-9518
Division of Child Support Central Services P.O. Box 11520 Tacoma, WA 98411
Once we receive your forms, you will receive a letter within 7-10 days. Send one set of forms for each noncustodial parent. If you have any questions about enrolling for child support services, please call 1-800-457-6202. Please read the following statements and find the one that best suits your situation so we may better serve your individual needs.
I want to receive child support
Print, complete, sign, then mail, fax or bring us both the 18-078 and the 14-057 forms:
Click here for the 18-078 Enrollment Form (called a Nonassistance Support Enforcement Services application) (English) and the 14-057 Child Support Enforcement Referral (English)
Forms are available in Spanish below.
Click here for the 18-078 Enrollment Form (Spanish) and the 14-057 Child Support Enforcement Referral (Spanish)
Keep the following for your records:
16-072 Nonassistance Support Enforcement Information (English)
16-072sp Nonassistance Support Enforcement Information (Spanish)
I want to pay child support
Print, complete, sign then mail, fax or bring us the following forms:
14-057B for paying parent complete the enrollment form (called the Noncustodial Parent Child Support Enforcement Application) (English)
14-057Bsp for paying parent complete the enrollment form (Spanish)
Keep the following for your records:
16-107 Noncustodial Parent's Rights and Responsibilities (English)
16-107sp Noncustodial Parent's Rights and Responsibilities (Spanish)
I also want to receive reimbursement for child care
Print, complete, sign, then mail, fax or bring us the following forms:
18-607 Child Care Verification (English)
18-607sp Child Care Verification (Spanish)
I want to receive child support and I have a child support order
Print, complete, sign, then mail, fax or bring us the 18-078, 14-057 and the 18-433 forms:
18-078 Enrollment Form (called a Nonassistance Support Enforcement Services application) (English)
14-057 Child Support Enforcement Referral (English)
18-433 Declaration of Support Payments (English)
Forms available in Spanish below.
18-078sp Enrollment Form (Spanish)
14-057sp Child Support Enforcement Referral (Spanish)
18-433sp Declaration of Support Payments (Spanish)
Keep the following for your records:
16-072 Non-assistance Support Enforcement Information (English)
16-072sp Non-assistance Support Enforcement Information (Spanish)
I just want the Child Support Schedule Worksheets and instructions
Child Support Schedule Worksheets (also in Spanish) or you can complete and print our automated worksheet.
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How to file for child support in Ukraine
You have the right to file for child support even if the child has already reached the age of majority, the former spouse has left the country or you are still married. The size of the material payment will be established by the court, but it is in your power to provide evidence to recover the maximum amount. Let's talk about where to go to collect child support, as well as how to protect your rights and the interests of the child at each stage of resolving the situation.
The procedure for applying for child support in Ukraine
The financial maintenance of a child is a direct responsibility of both his parents, enshrined in the Family Code of Ukraine. You can apply for child support while you're married or divorced. The law also allows you to file a lawsuit if you are not officially registered with the second parent of the child.
It is possible to issue alimony in two formats:
In the first case, you do not need to prepare a claim for recovery and collect documents for filing in court - it is enough to agree with the second parent on the procedure for payments and compensation for expenses for the child. It is not necessary, but it is desirable to draw up a written agreement and notarize it.
During the forced collection of alimony, it is necessary to file a claim: collect a package of documents and apply to the court at the place of residence, or at the place of residence of the defendant. In this case, a child support lawyer can assist in the preparation of the necessary documents. Depending on the specific situation, alimony will be assigned in a fixed amount of money, or in the amount of a percentage of the earnings of the other parent.
You can apply for child support before a formal divorce – the procedure is the same as after a divorce. On this occasion, you can also go to court, or conclude an agreement on a voluntary basis.
Applying for child support in a legal marriage
If a father or mother does not support their child while being legally married to the other parent, the other parent can apply for and enforce alimony. The procedure is also relevant in situations where third parties, such as creditors, claim the income of one of the spouses.
Example: a wife collects documents and files a claim for maintenance for four children from her legal husband. The rules do not prevent her from suing before the divorce. The court makes a decision and collects in favor of the spouse of a citizen 50% of his income monthly. Creditors who also collected documents and filed a lawsuit against the same citizen will now be able to count not on half of his salary, but only on 25%, because the payment of alimony will be a priority.
Alimony in civil marriage
If you were not officially married, but your common-law spouse is entered as a father or mother in the birth certificate, then you can safely collect documents for alimony and independently collect them in court - file an appropriate claim.
The amount of alimony in Ukraine is regulated by Article 183 and Article 184 of the Family Code and, as a rule, it amounts to the following amounts: /3 for two children and so on, but not more than 50% of the total earnings.
If a citizen is an individual entrepreneur or does not work officially, then you can apply for alimony in hard cash (but not below the subsistence level).
Until a child reaches the age of three, a living parent may apply for child support.
If the amount of alimony is less than 50% of the subsistence minimum, then the state must cover the difference by assigning appropriate social benefits.
The minimum amount of alimony in accordance with Article 182 of the IC of Ukraine is determined by the state. This amount is constantly changing, so at the time of preparation of the material for a child under the age of 6 it is 1006.5 UAH.
The maximum amount of alimony that can be issued for a minor under the age of 6 years at the time of preparation of the material is 20130 UAH, and at the age of 6-18 years - 25100 UAH. In any case, the amount of payments should not exceed 10 living wages, which are legally defined for citizens of the corresponding age.
The only difference when applying for alimony in a civil marriage from a similar procedure in an official marriage is the list of documents. It will be necessary to collect all the papers, with the exception of the marriage certificate.
Collection of alimony in case of divorce
The divorce process can be supplemented by the decision on the appointment of alimony to the spouse with whom the child will not live. In this situation, two options are possible. Parents can either agree or ask the court to order alimony. In the first case, a verbal agreement is sufficient; in the second, it is often necessary to file a lawsuit.
What you need to do:
collect the necessary documents;
if necessary, prepare evidence;
send documents to the court;
attend the meeting;
receive a court decision.
Evidence may be required if you want to convince the court that the other parent is earning more than what is claimed, and you want to sue for a lump sum payment. The procedure is not the easiest, so the help provided by an experienced divorce lawyer will definitely not be superfluous. Leave a request on our website to get professional advice.
If the paternity of the second spouse is not recognized and established, then the application for alimony will be impossible even during the divorce proceedings. So if a single mother marries, then in the event of a divorce, her ex-husband will not be required to pay alimony for children who were born before the marriage and whose paternity has not been established in the manner prescribed by law. It's pointless to file a claim.
Ways to collect alimony
As we noted above, there are only 2 ways - voluntary and compulsory. However, in each case, it is worth using every opportunity to defend your interests. It is important to understand how to properly prepare the necessary documents, where to apply for alimony, when to file a claim and how to secure a voluntary agreement. It is also worth knowing what conditions should accompany the emergence of the right to increase or decrease alimony.
Agreeing with the other parent about the amount of monthly payments and making a compromise is easier than filing a lawsuit. If this seems impossible, contact a specialist. An experienced family lawyer will find an approach even to ardent opponents of payments, who de facto want more "war" with the second parent than do not want to pay child support. Contact us - we will tell you how much the service costs and what you can expect if you order it.
If a voluntary settlement of the issue is not possible, it is necessary to file a lawsuit. Pay attention to the types of alimony that can be collected forcibly for the maintenance of children:
for those who have reached the age of majority but continue their studies;
for disabled adults;
for the spouse with whom the child lives until he reaches the age of 6;
per spouse during her pregnancy.
According to art. 185 of the Family Code of Ukraine, you can also apply for payments in case of special circumstances. Some of them are clearly spelled out in the law, others are established by a court decision after familiarization with all the circumstances, case materials and evidence presented by the parties.
If the court has determined that you should receive child support from the second parent, but he is in no hurry to pay them, then you can submit documents to the State Enforcement Service for the enforcement of recovery of funds. When applying, you must provide a court decision and all the necessary documents, their list should be clarified in advance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a single mother apply for child support?
Yes, a single mother can apply for child support, but only after paternity has been established. To do this, it is necessary to initiate a judicial procedure. During it, a genetic examination will be carried out, according to the results of which the defendant will be entered into the birth certificate. After that, it is possible to collect alimony.
Which court is filed for child support?
Documents and a statement of claim should be submitted to the court of first instance at the place of registration of the plaintiff or defendant.
Can I file for child support without a divorce?
Yes, you can. You can apply for alimony regardless of the marital status of the parents: they can be officially married, cohabiting or divorced.
How do I file for child support if paternity is not recognized?
Unable to file for child support until paternity is established. You must first initiate the procedure and only after a positive court decision to collect alimony.
What determines the amount of child support?
The amount of child support depends on many circumstances. In particular, on the state of health of the alimony payer, on being dependent on other persons, income, the presence or absence of official employment. When assigning alimony, the court may take into account the documents submitted by the parties and take into account other circumstances when establishing payments in the form of a part of monthly income or a fixed amount of money.
List of required documents
The list of documents directly depends on whether you were (or are) married to the second parent, what amount of payment you want to receive and what justification you are ready to provide in the course of proceedings.
In any case, you will need:
a copy of your passport and identification code;
certificate of family composition;
income statement of the defendant - if he does not want to provide it to you, the court will oblige him to bring the document;
certificate from the place of study, if alimony is collected for an adult student.
If you are married with the second parent, you will need to provide a certificate of marriage, if the union was terminated - a certificate of its termination, respectively. You may also need other documents confirming the amount of expenses - for example, receipts for payment for treatment, sports clubs, necessary equipment, equipment, and so on.
If the father is not entered in the birth certificate, then it will not be possible to collect alimony from him even in court. However, you can file a claim and initiate paternity proceedings. We recommend that you do not postpone the solution of this issue - in some cases it may take more than one year, for example, if the biological father is abroad or is serving a sentence in prison.
Where documents for the recovery of child support are submitted
Jurisdiction of cases is determined by art. 28 Code of Civil Procedure of Ukraine. The statement of claim and documents for the recovery of alimony must be submitted to the court of first instance at the place of residence of the plaintiff or defendant. However, it is possible to challenge decisions and non-standard situations.
Where to apply in this case:
To the district court, for example, if paternity is required.
To the courts of the following instances - if it is necessary to challenge the decision of the court.
Note that you can do without a court - nothing prevents the spouses from concluding an agreement. We strongly recommend that you do this in writing so that in the event of disputes in the future, you will have on hand evidence of the agreements reached and file a claim with the court without collecting evidence. It is also advisable to notarize the agreement.
If the defendant lives outside of Ukraine, then the procedure for collecting alimony practically does not change. It must be filed with the Ukrainian court of first instance. Here, the decision is made in absentia, and then sent to the country in which the second parent lives.