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Apply for Child Support Services

How Do I apply for Child Support Services?

What is public assistance?

My children and I currently receive, or have received in the past, public assistance. Can I apply for child support services?

I currently have a child support order but I want to apply for child support services for another child. How do I do that?

What if I have applied for child support services with the Office of Child Support and I have never heard anything?

Who do I call if I need help with the child support application or if I have questions?

 

 

How Do I apply for Child Support Services?
Before applying for child support services, answer the following two questions:

1.  Do you already have a court order for child support?

If yes, do not apply for child support services. If you already have a court order for child support and need additional child support services, contact the Friend of the Court handling your case.

If no, go to question #2 below.

2.  Do you or your children receive, or have you or your children ever received, public assistance?

If yes, click here for additional information.

If no, you can apply for child support services online with MiCase or by printing, completing and mailing the IV-D Child Support Services Application/Referral - DHS-1201 form.


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What is public assistance?
Public assistance benefits are received from the state and federal government and include:

  • Cash Assistance (FIP)
  • Medicaid (including Healthy Kids medical insurance)
  • Food Assistance (FAP)
  • Child Development and Care (day care - CDC)

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My children and I currently receive, or have received in the past, public assistance. Can I apply for child support services?
If you or your children currently receive public assistance, no, you should not apply for child support services. Child support services are automatically provided to you when you receive public assistance. However, if you do not get a call or letter from the Office of Child Support within three months of your public assistance case opening, please call 1-866-540-0008 to discuss your case with a Child Support Specialist.

If you or your children have received public assistance in the past and the child support case is still open, you should not apply for child support services. Please call 1-866-540-0008.

If you or your children have received public assistance in the past and the child support case was not opened, or is closed, you can apply for child support services. You may apply online with MiCase, or you may print, complete and mail the IV-D Child Support Services Application/Referral - DHS-1201 form.

If you are unsure if a previous child support case is open or closed, please call 1-866-540-0008.

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I currently have a child support order, but I want to apply for child support services for another child. How do I do that?
If you are on public assistance
, you will automatically be referred to a Support Specialist when you add another child to your public assistance case. You should get a call from the Support Specialist who will assist in adding your child to your child support case. If you do not get a call or letter from the Office of Child Support within three months of adding a child to your public assistance case, please call 1-866-540-0008.

If you are not on public assistance, you may apply for child support services online with MiCase or by printing, completing and mailing the IV-D Child Support Services Application/Referral - DHS-1201 form for the child you want to add to your case.

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What if I have applied for child support services with the Office of Child Support and I have never heard anything?
After you have applied for child support services with the Office of Child Support, the Child Support Specialist sends the application to the Prosecutor in the county where you live requesting that he or she establish a child support case for you. The length of time that you wait depends on the county. Some counties take longer than others.

To check on the status of your case after it has been referred to the county Prosecutor, contact the Office of the Prosecutor in your county.

If you are not sure if the application has been sent to the Prosecutor, call 1-866-540-0008 to ask if a referral has been made.

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Who do I call if I need help with the child support application or if I have questions?
For assistance, or questions about the application process, contact the Office of Child Support toll-free at 1-866-540-0008.

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