Child Support

shutterstock_159905606 Title IV-D of the Social Security Act created the Child Support Enforcement Program. It provides for the establishment of paternity and the establishment, enforcement, collection and distribution of all child support payments. Child Support Enforcement (CSE), is part of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and has contracted with 40 of the 42 District Attorneys in Louisiana to provide child support services pursuant to La. R.S. 46:236.1 to welfare and non-welfare applicants. The District Attorney’s Office for the 22nd Judicial District is one of the 40 offices providing child support services. Our office currently contracts with the State of Louisiana to provide legal services relating to Case Initiation and Assessment, Intake, Modifications and court-based Collections. Today, the IV-D program is a vital component of the District Attorney’s office and provides a valuable public service in establishing and collecting past and present support obligations. The Child Support Division currently employs over 20 employees. In 2014, the District Attorney’s office in St. Tammany and Washington Parish assisted in collecting total child support of $19,594,502.15. The Covington Region which includes Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Helena Parishes was also recognized by the Louisiana Child Support Enforcement Association as the top region in the state in the number of obligations established during 2014. Since 2006, over $155 million in child support has been collected in Washington and St. Tammany Parish cases alone.

Contact

Tony Sanders, Chief, Administration
Tammy Keaton IV-D Administrator

Email:  DAMontgomery@22DA.org attention: Child Support

Washington – (985) 839-6303
St. Tammany – (985) 809-8380

FAQs
Forms

MISSION
The stated mission of the IV-D program is “To assist custodial parents so that their children will be able to receive basic human needs of economic and medical support.”

ELIGIBILITY

Child Support Enforcement Services are available for applicants who receive:
Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP);
Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP);
Non-IV-E Medicaid; and
Non-FITAP Medicaid.
The same services are also available to applicants who are not on any of the above forms of assistance and who pay a $25 fee. These cases are called non- FITAP cases. Additionally, a non-resident applicant who applies for services through the IV-D agency in his state is also eligible for assistance from the Louisiana IV-D Program.

PROGRAM FUNCTIONS
There are five major program services in child support enforcement:
1. Absent parent location
2. Establishment of paternity
3. Establishment of support obligation, including medical support obligations
4. Collection and distribution of support payments, including spousal support in conjunction with child support order
5. Enforcement of support obligation, including medical and spousal
The issues of custody and visitation are not functions of the IV-D program and are not made a part of any IV-D proceedings.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply for child support services, you may file an application online at https://cafe-cp.dcfs.la.gov/selfservice/. Once our office receives and reviews your application for child support services, we will contact you regarding the steps required to further process your case. In some instances, we may be able to process your case fully upon receipt of your application. In that event, you will receive a letter noting your court date if we can handle in our court. If you do not have access to the internet, please feel free to utilize the Child Support Application and Affidavit of Paternity (if required) which is found in our Forms Section. For questions regarding your child support application, please contact our Child Support Division at 985-839-6303 (Washington Parish) or 985-809-8380 (St. Tammany Parish).

ACTIVE CASES
If you already have an active child support case through the Department of Children and Family Services, you must contact your caseworker with any issues/requests/problems by calling the Customer Call Center at 1-800-256-4650. In these cases, the daily enforcement of your case is handled by a DCFS caseworker housed in the Amite, Louisiana DCFS office.

FAQs

What is Child Support?

How is Child Support determined?

How and where do i apply?

Do people who receive FITAP or Medicaid have to seek support from the noncustodial parent?

Are there costs involved?

Is help available if the other parent lives in a different state?

Why is establishing paternity important?

– How is paternity established?

What does acknowledging paternity mean?

If the Acknowledgement of Paternity is signed, will the father\'s name be on the birth certificate?

Can a minor acknowledge that he is the father of a child?

Do the parents have to be in Louisiana to acknowledge paternity?

Why should parents sign the Acknowledgement of Paternity if they are living together and plan to get married?

Can a party cancel an acknowledgement?

What should we do if we are not sure who is the father?

How is the paternity testing done?

What will the paternity test show?

If the paternity test shows that there is at least a 99.9% probability that a man is the biological father, can the man become the father without going to court?

Who pays for the paternity test?

What about support if the child is receiving government assistance (FITAP or Medicaid)?

What about support if the child is not receiving any government assistance?

What about custody and visitation?

What rights do parents have under the law?

FORMS

Affidavit of Income and Expenses for the Purpose of Not Appearing at a Court – St. Tammany Parish

Affidavit of Income and Expenses for the Purpose of Not Appearing at a Court – Washington Parish

Direct Deposit Form

Application of Documentation for Child Support Services

Paternity Affidavit