The Division of Child Support or a parent may ask the court to issue a support order. The support order may be part of an interim, temporary, permanent or modified court order in a divorce, paternity action, order for protection, child custody action or separate child support action. The court generally orders the noncustodial parent to provide support for the child who is living with the other parent or another person. The court sets the amount of child support and medical support a parent must provide.
Once a noncustodial parent has been located and if the custodial parent does not have an order for support, the Division of Child Support will serve the noncustodial parent a Notice of Support Debt advising the person of his or her duty to support the child(ren). The noncustodial parent must respond to the notice and provide a financial statement. If neither parent contests the amount of support, orders can be obtained within 30 to 60 days after the noncustodial parent is served. If the noncustodial or custodial parent does not agree with the amount of support recommended, he or she may request a hearing. It may take 3 to 6 months if a hearing is requested.