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Applying for Child Support Services

Introduction

The Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General helps get child support and medical support for dependent children. You may want this assistance for one of the following reasons:

  • You don't have a court order to establish child support payments, and you want one.
  • You have a registry-only (RO) case with the Attorney General, but you want other services, such as enforcement or modification, that would change your case into a full-service (FS) case.

To receive child support service, you will need to complete an application. The application can be completed online (recommended method) or you may request that an application be mailed or e-mailed to you. Please continue to read the following information about applying for services.

Before applying, check into the following:

  • If you are currently receiving state benefits (TANF or Medicaid), you may already have a child support case with us. Please call us at 1-800-252-8014.
  • Non-Texas residents can apply for services with the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, provided there is a Texas child support order or one of the parties or child(ren) resides in Texas.

Remember, we require your cooperation if you are to receive the child support services you are requesting.

What You Will Need to Provide

Whether you choose to complete an online application or a paper application, there is information you will need to provide.

Orders – It is important that you provide a copy of all orders that concern any child who will be included in the child support case. If you are currently receiving child support payments through the State Disbursement Unit (SDU), your payments could be delayed until the necessary order information is received and entered into our system. If you are unable to provide a copy of all orders, please provide as much of the following information as you can about the orders:

  • date
  • cause/case number
  • county
  • state
  • court

Working Your Case

After we receive your complete application, we will review your case and decide the proper action to take. We will contact you for any of the following reasons:

  • if additional information is needed from you
  • to inform you of court hearing dates and legal actions
  • to discuss offers of settlements

Once your case is opened, you must notify us in writing or by using this web site if you wish to stop our services.

Our offices try to provide the best level of service to everyone. You have the right to file a complaint with the local Field Ombudsman if dissatisfied with the standard of service we provide.

Caution

Please be aware that our attorneys represent the State of Texas. They provide child support and medical support services, but they do not represent you or any other individual.

Applying Online

In order to process your application, we ask that you fill it out completely. Without the required information, we will be unable to process your application.

Online Application Signature

By submitting the application for child support services (clicking the Submit button), you agree that we can do the following:

  • provide you with all appropriate child support services for the case
  • use any information obtained to provide child support services
  • close your case if you do not cooperate

Annual Service and Monthly SDU Fees Notice

Beginning September 1, 2011, processing fees for certain cases take effect. If a fee is assessed it will be deducted from your child support payment.

Monthly SDU Fee
Beginning September 1, 2011, custodial parents will pay a $3 monthly fee in cases that receive registry-only payment processing and record-keeping services through the State Disbursement Unit (SDU) for each month in which a child support payment of more than $3 is received. The fee will be deducted from your child support payment.

Annual Service Fee
Beginning October 1, 2011, custodial parents who receive full-service monitoring and enforcement services and have never been on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will pay a $25 service fee for each year that they receive at least $500 in child support collections. The fee will be deducted from your child support payment.

Please click on the Fee Frequently Asked Questions link for additional information.

Family Violence and Nondisclosure of Information

We share your address and other identifying information with other state and federal agencies. We share this information only for child support reasons. The information may become available to the other parent. Contact us immediately if the following conditions exist:

  • Your case information should not be given out because of family violence.
  • Going through the child support process poses a threat to you or your child(ren).

Family violence is defined as one member of a family or household using physical force against another member of the family or household. Family violence may also include threats that cause a person to be afraid for his or her safety.

Select an Application

Select the application that applies to your situation.

Select this application if all these conditions apply to you.
Establish Paternity

    Apply online

    Request a copy of the form
  • you are the MOTHER of the child(ren) and
  • you have physical custody of the child(ren) and
  • the child(ren) lives with you and
  • you were not married to the biological father and
  • paternity has not been established.
Select this application if all these conditions apply to you.
Child Support Ordered

    Apply online

    Request a copy of the form
  • you are the mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc., of the child(ren) and
  • you have physical custody of the child(ren) and
  • the child(ren) lives with you and
  • the parents of the child(ren) are divorced or there is an existing court order for the child(ren).
Select this application if any one of these sets of conditions applies to you.
No Child Support Ordered

    Apply online

    Request a copy of the form
  • you are NOT the mother but the father, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc., of the child(ren) and
  • you have physical custody of the child(ren) and
  • the child(ren) lives with you and
  • paternity has not been established for the child(ren).
  • OR

  • you are the mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandparent, non-relative, etc., of the child(ren) and
  • the parents of the child(ren) were married but there is no existing court order and
  • the child(ren) lives with you.
  • OR

  • You and the other parent signed an Acknowledgment of Paternity that allowed the father's name to be added to the birth certificate and
  • the child(ren) lives with you.
Select this application if both of these conditions apply to you.
Noncustodial Parent

    Apply online

    Request a copy of the form
  • you are the mother or father and
  • you do not have physical custody of the child(ren)