Establishing a Support Case
How to File for Support
A spouse, custodial parent, or a guardian can file for support from the other parent or spouse. To file a support action a complaint for support will need to be filed. The person that files the complaint for support is the Plaintiff. The person that the complaint for support is filed against is the Defendant.

To ensure that the correct paperwork is filed, we recommend making an appointment with a Case Management Officer. When appearing in our office to file the complaint for support, the Plaintiff will be asked a series of questions concerning the parties and child(ren). To expedite this process, the Plaintiff may file through E-Services, which will be made available to the Case Management Officer upon completion. The Plaintiff also needs to bring as much of the following information as possible:

Names of the parties involved
  • Their complete addresses
  • Dates of birth
  • Social security numbers
  • Birth certificates
  • Names of employers
  • Medical insurance information
  • 3 recent paystubs
  • Drivers licenses
  • Any professional licenses 

1.A local complaint is filed if both parties live locally or will cooperate with our office. A local complaint for support takes between 30-45 minutes to complete.

2.An IFSA (Intrastate Family Support Act) complaint may be filed if the defendant resides or works in another county. IFSA complaints can take an hour or more to complete.

3.An UIFSA (Uniform Intergovernmental Family Support Act) complaint may be filed if the defendant resides out of state and the plaintiff wishes to file to that state. UIFSA complaints can take an hour or more to complete.

If an order exists in another state that addresses support, the plaintiff will need to bring a copy of that order. 

There are three types of complaints for support. The Case Management Officer will assist plaintiff in determining which type of complaint for support should be filed in their situation.

Once the complaint for support is completed our staff will explain the next step in the case. Typically, once the complaint for support is completed the case will be set up for a Conference to establish an order. If necessary, Paternity testing may also be set up.


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