Child Support - Custodial Party Information


There are generally three parties in a child support case: the child(ren), the custodial party and the non-custodial parent.  The custodial party is the person who lives with the child and has primary responsibility for the care of the child.  The non-custodial parent is often the child's father, although in some circumstances the child's mother can also be the non-custodial parent.  When a child is in the custody of another family member or in foster care, there may be 2 non-custodial parents.  Regardless of their living arrangement or relationship, both of the child's parents should provide the financial support that their child needs.

Under Federal regulations through the Title IV-D Child Support Program, the Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) is required to provide services to any individual requesting services.  OCSS can help establish paternity (if necessary) and to obtain child support.  To apply for child support services, please follow this link for an office in your area.


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