Child Support/Paternity

The Family Support Division of the Prosecutor’s Office is a part of the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Program, established in 1975 under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, to ensure that both parents financially support their children.

In cooperation with the Michigan Department of Human Services Office of Child Support (DHS/OCS), we serve residents of Alger County by establishing paternity and/or obtaining child support. Services are available for families receiving public assistance or to families who do not receive assistance but apply for our services through DHS/OCS.

Our office hours are 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

HOW DO I START A CHILD SUPPORT CASE?

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE APPOINTMENT?

HOW IS THE ABSENT PARENT NOTIFIED?

WHAT IF THE ABSENT PARENT DOES NOT COOPERATE?

WHAT IF I HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE ABSENT PARENT FOR SUPPORT AND I DON'T WANT TO GET A SUPPORT ORDER?

HOW IS THE AMOUNT OF CHILD SUPPORT DETERMINED?

WHAT IF THE ABSENT PARENT IS NOT WORKING AND HAS NO INCOME?

WHAT IS A PATERNITY CASE?

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET A SUPPORT ORDER?

WHAT IF THE HUSBAND IS NOT THE BIOLOGICAL FATHER OF THE CHILD; CAN I GET A CHILD SUPPORT ORDER ON THE BIOLOGICAL FATHER?

I WANT CUSTODY AND/OR A VISITATION ORDER. WILL FSD HELP ME?

WHAT IF THE ABSENT PARENT LIVES OUTSIDE OF MICHIGAN?

HOW IS CHILD SUPPORT COLLECTED?

I HAVE A DIVORCE OR CHILD CUSTODY CASE PENDING, DOES THE FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION GET INVOLVED IN THE CHILD SUPPORT ISSUE?

THE ABSENT PARENT HAS BEEN SEPARATED FROM ME FOR A LONG TIME AND HAS PROVIDED NO CHILD SUPPORT. CAN I GET BACK SUPPORT?