Kentucky Child Support Enforcement has an interactive website where you can apply for child support services, estimate a child support obligation, make your child support payments, report address changes, upload court orders and other legal documents, verify payment history and past due child support amounts and request updates on ongoing child support actions.
Child Support Enforcement in the Department for Income Support provides assistance to parents with minor children seeking financial support from a noncustodial parent.
Every child has a legal right to financial support from both parents.
Where to Send Child Support Payments
Payments can be made on the
Kentucky Child Support Interactive Website. Please make checks payable to the Kentucky Child Support Enforcement Program and send to the following address:
P.O. Box 14059
Lexington, KY 40512-4059
How to Apply for Child Support Enforcement Services
Child support enforcement services are automatically provided to current and former recipients of K-TAP and public medical assistance. Your K-TAP caseworker will refer your case to the appropriate child support office.
If you are not receiving K-TAP or medical assistance, you can apply for child support enforcement services on the
Kentucky Child Support Interactive Website.
If you want to complete a paper application, you must complete the Application for Child Support Services (CS-33) for services.
The Child Support Fact Sheet (CS-37) explains the child support services available to a non-KTAP applicant.
The following forms should also be completed by the applicant:
- The Authorization and Acknowledgement of No Legal Representation (CS-11) informs a non-K-TAP applicant that contracting officials (county attorneys) employed by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky and not the applicant.
- The Custodial Parent Affidavit (CS-148) is a sworn statement of the amount of support paid to the custodial parent.
- Custodial parents may choose to receive their child support payments by electronic deposit to a checking or savings account or a prepaid debit card. Complete the Authorization for Electronic Deposit of Child Support Payments (CS-202.doc )and return it to the address or fax number on the form. Custodial parents may also select an electronic deposit option through the
Kentucky Child Support Interactive website.
How to Request a Review and Modification
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) may review and adjust a parent’s support obligation when there is an assignment of support rights (the custodial parent receives public assistance for the child) or when either parent requests a review.
CHFS may adjust a support obligation, if the review shows a material change in the current support obligation using the Child Support Guidelines, as referenced in Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) 403.212. KRS 403.213(2) defines a material change as a continuing change in circumstances, which results in at least a 15 percent increase or decrease in the amount of support due per month. A review of the order or cash medical support may cause medical support, in the form of health insurance for the child(ren), to be added to the order. Once the review is started, adjustment of the order will be completed even if the results do not favor the party who requested the review.
For example, if an increase in support is requested and the calculations result in a decrease, the obligation will be lowered. If a decrease in support is requested and the calculations result in an increase, the obligation will be increased.
If you request a review, you must provide all of the following financial information that applies to your case:
- Your gross monthly salary (earned income before deductions) and other sources of income.
- The amount you or your spouse pays for health insurance for the child(ren).
- The amount you pay for court-ordered spousal support for a former spouse.
- The amount you pay for child support for prior-born (older)
- The amount you pay for child care expenses for the child(ren), provided this money is spent to allow the mother or father who has custody to work or attend school.
The Cabinet represents the best interest of the child and does not represent either party. At any time, either party may choose to use a private attorney to present arguments in his or her best interest. If the local child support enforcement office is not able to file the motion to modify such as in instances where the noncustodial parent is incarcerated, either party can file his/her own motion using the Motion to Modify Child Support template.
How to Calculate Your Child Support Obligation
You may estimate your child support obligation on the
Kentucky Child Support Interactive Website.
You may also use the following forms to calculate the amount of child support a noncustodial parent must pay. The CS-71.1 is only used when one parent has 100 percent of the total income for the family. When printing these forms, you must also print a copy of the Child Support Guidelines Table, in order to complete the worksheet.
CS-71 - Worksheet For Monthly Child Support Obligation
CS-71.1 - Worksheet For Monthly Child Support Obligation Exception
CS-71 - Worksheet For Monthly Child Support Obligation in (Spanish)
CS-71.1 - Worksheet For Monthly Child Support Obligation Exception (Spanish)
Child Support Guidelines Table
Private Wage Withholding Cases
All private attorneys must utilize the Federal Income Withholding Order (IWO), see OMB 0970-0154, to notify an employer of an income withholding. Private attorneys refer to the Procedural Instructions to complete the IWO for a Kentucky child support order.
Child Support Enforcement
P.O. Box 2150
Frankfort, KY 40602
Financial Institution Data Match
Financial Institution Data Match (FIDM) is a match between financial institutions and child support enforcement agencies to identify any accounts belonging to noncustodial parents who are delinquent in their child support obligations.
The following documents are for financial institutions:
Child Support Enforcement Hotline
(800) 248-1163, available 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
Child Support Interactive Voice Response Payment Line
(800) 443-1576, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Custody and Visitation Hotline
(844) 673-3470, available 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday
KY Paternity Acknowledgement Program
KY New Hire Reporting Center
Kentucky New Hire Reporting website