Kentucky Child Support Page

The Kentucky Child Support Division

The division of Kentucky child support will administers child support services to parents with minor children who need assistance obtaining financial aid from their child’s non-custodial parent.

This division is also a branch of Kentucky’s Department for Community Based Services. Their policy is that “every child has a legal right to financial support from both parents.” Kentucky also administers the Child Support Enforcement Commission as a forum to hear grievances and complaints and to refer these to the most appropriate agencies for action.


Kentucky Child Support Enforcement Commission was established in 1988 by the General Assembly to act in an advisory capacity on child support issues to the Governor, the General Assembly, the Cabinet for Human Resources, the Department of Law and the Administrative Office of the Courts. If you or your child’s other parent lives in the state of Kentucky, here is what you need to know about applying for child support services, calculating monthly child support payments, and contacting the staff at your local child support office.

How to Apply For Child Support?
In the state of Kentucky, families who receive public assistance, such as K-TAP and public medical assistance, are automatically eligible for child support services. But these services are available to anyone who has a child support and/or medical support order, or who wants to establish one. If you are not currently receiving public assistance, you will simply need to fill out an application for services. You can contact your local child support office in order to request an application. (See the link below for more information about locating your county child support office.) Paternity must be established before a child support order is established. If you are having a problem with this step, the staff at your local child support office can assist you.

What Information is Needed To Apply For child Support?
The more information you can provide at the time you apply for child support services, the easier it will be to process your application. Be prepared to provide the following:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security Number

and the information for both the custodial parent and the child or children involved. In addition, you will need the full name, date of birth, Social Security number, current or previous address, names and addresses of relatives and friends, and the names and addresses of current or former employers for the non-custodial parent.

How To Request A Review of My Child Support Order?
A review of a child support order can be requested from either parent or from any other person who may have a say in the case (for
instance, the child’s legal guardian or the local child support case worker.)  A review can be requested once every three years. In order to request a review and/or modification of a child support order, you should contact your local child support office. Child support orders are reviewed according to the following federal and state child support laws:

45 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 303.8(a), Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) 405.430(6) and 921 Kentucky Administrative Regulation (KAR) 1:400 Section 3.

How Are Child Support Orders Enforced in Kentucky?
Your local child support office can utilize several enforcement remedies in order to enforce a child support order. These methods include:

  • Income withholding
  • Suspension of Driver's or Professional License
  • Confiscation of Lottery Winnings
  • Tax Refund Confiscation
  • Denial of Passport

How Long Must Child Support Be Paid?
The Kentucky child support laws state that a non-custodial parent is responsible for paying child support for children who are “under the age of eighteen (18) when the child is a full-time high school student, but not beyond completion of the school year during which the child reaches the age of nineteen (19) years.”

How Are Child Support Payments Calculated?
Kentucky child support guidelines outline the formulas used to determine the amount of child support that must be paid by a non-custodial parent. You can obtain the worksheets for determining the amount of the monthly child support obligation from your local child support office. If you download these worksheets from the Internet, be sure to also print out the child support guidelines table in order to complete the forms.

In general, the guidelines take into account several factors, such as the financial resources of the child, the health and educational needs of the child, and the financial needs and obligations of both parents. Extraordinary needs or circumstances for the child or either parent may also play a role in the determination of a child support obligation.  If there is not a general agreement between the parents, the following percentages of the net income of the paying parent are used within the Kentucky child support guidelines to determine the monthly child support obligation:

1 child 20%
2 children 25%
3 children 30%
4 children 35%
5 children 40%
6 children 45%

More information on obtaining medical support, making child support payments and how to contact the division of child support.


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