Child Support Division
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Robyn H. Shier is the Director of the Division of Child Support Enforcement. Robyn joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in 1998 and served as an Assistant County Attorney in the Division of Child Support Enforcement until being appointed Director in August, 2010. Prior to joining the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, she was in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky. Robyn is a graduate of Centre College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She received her law degree from the University of Louisville, School of Law.
The Fayette County Attorney’s Office, Child Support Division, through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and
Family Services, locates non-custodial parents and helps obtain financial and medical support from them for their children.
In 2010, this office collected over $20 million in child support. This is a tremendously important department in our office, which has fifty-one (51) employees, including ten (10) attorneys.
The goals and responsibilities of the Child Support Division:
To provide these services the child support program works closely with federal, state and local agencies as well as employers.
- Location of non-custodial parents
- Establishment of paternity
- Establishment of financial and medical support
- Enforcement and collection of support payments
- Enforcement of medical support
- Review and modification of support orders
RESPONSIBILITIES OF CUSTODIAL PARENTS
You must contact our office if you have a change of address, telephone number or change of employment. You must keep us informed of new information regarding the non-custodial parent.
The length of time to process your case varies depending on the information we have been provided and the type of actions required. Delays can occur if the non-custodial parent lives out of state or if our office cannot locate the non-custodial parent. Processing a case fully through the court system can take several months. Your case is very important to us, but we request your patience and cooperation throughout the process.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is eligible to receive child support services?
Anyone who has a child support and/or medical support order, or wants to establish one, can apply for child support enforcement services. If paternity has not been established for your child/children, it will be established prior to a child support obligation being established. Custodial or noncustodial parents can apply for support services. Contact the Fayette County Child Support Office for a Non-Public Assistance application. Currently, there are not fees for completing the application for services. Child support services are automatically provided to current and former recipients of K-TAP and medical assistance.
What kind of information do I need to establish a child support order?
It is helpful if you can provide the non-custodial parent's address, social security number, date of birth, employer, bank account numbers, property holdings and investments. Look for this information in old insurance policies, credit card or other applications, state and federal tax returns, hospital records, police records and birth certificates.
You may be able to get information from the non-custodial parent's business associates, friends, or relatives. Also, please provide copies of any existing court orders and records of payments.
If you can provide the non-custodial parent's date of birth, father's name, and mother's maiden name, the child support agency may be able to obtain information from the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Veterans' Administration, the Department of Defense, the Armed Forces, and/or the Selective Service Administration.
If you can provide the non-custodial parent's social security number, the child support agency can obtain information from all state and federal files. Be aware, however, that finding a non-custodial parent through these sources make take several months.
Who decides how much child support I receive?
The Kentucky Legislature has established a mathematical formula for setting child support. Parties’ income, medical insurance costs, day care expenses and child support being paid for older children are all factored into the formula to arrive at the amount of support to be paid.
Can the amount be changed in the future?
If there is a change in circumstances (i.e. change in one or both parties’ income, an older child being emancipated) that results in a change in the amount of child support of at least 15%, then the amount can be changed.
How do I have the amount changed?
A motion to modify support must be filed with the same court that set the support originally. Only a court order signed by a judge can legally change the amount of child support. If both parties agree, an agreed order can be signed by both sides and the judge. Without an agreement, there must be a hearing in court and the judge decides.
Who can request a review for modification of a support order and how is a review
of a child support obligation requested?
In accordance with 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, the following individuals or entities may request a review for possible modification:
A foreign reciprocating country or a foreign country with which Kentucky has an arrangement may request a review of their order and the request shall be treated the same as a request by another state in accordance with SSA 454(32)(A) (42 U.S.C. 654(32)(A)).
- The custodial parent may request an adjustment to the child support order
- The noncustodial parent may request an adjustment to the child support order through the Fayette County Friend of the Court.
- A nonparental custodial parent (i.e., grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, etc.) may request a review for possible modification.
- A noncustodial parent whose child support order was established by default may request a review through the Fayette County Friend of the Court.
Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) Section 351, SSA 466(a)(10) (42 U.S.C. 666(a)(10)), 45 CFR 303.8(b)(6), and KRS 405.430(6) specify that at least once every three years, child support staff must notify each party subject to a IV-D child support order of the right to request a review of the order and, if appropriate, adjust the order.
The noncustodial parent is not paying his/her child support obligation, what can I do?
Contact your child support caseworker and request that enforcement action be taken. There are many enforcement remedies that may be used by child support staff to enforce a child support order. Some examples include: court action, income withholding, denial or suspension of a driver’s or professional license, intercept of lottery winnings, intercept of state or federal taxes, and denial of a passport.
What is the age of emancipation in Kentucky?
KRS 405.020(1) provides that…“The father shall be primarily liable for the nurture and education of his 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 do I request that my child support check be deposited in my bank account?
Call (502) 564-2285, or contact your caseworker at the Fayette County Attorney Child Support office to request an application for direct deposit.
How do I obtain a copy of my payment history?
Contact your caseworker at the Fayette County Attorney Child Support office to request a copy of your payment history.
What if the noncustodial parent lives in another state?
Even if the noncustodial parent lives in a different state, a child support case can be opened at the local child support office. The local child support office can work with the other state to establish or enforce the support order. The same location resources and services are available in all states. Although interstate cases are more difficult and generally take longer, new federal legislation and more computer links between states are improving interstate processing of child support.
She/he never lets me see the kids. Why do I have to pay child support?
The legal obligation to pay child support is completely separate from the issue of visitation rights. If you are court ordered to pay child support, you must do so regardless of when or if you see the children. If there is a court order giving you visitation and the custodial parent refuses to let you see the children, your recourse is to file a motion with the court asking that he/she be held in contempt of court. The Fayette County Office of the Friend of the Court can provide you the necessary self-help forms for filing the motion with the court. These self-help forms are completed by you and without an attorney.
Where to Send Child Support Payments
Mail your check or money order (no cash) with your name and case number and/or social security number as identifying information for correct posting to the following address:
Division of Child Support
P.O. Box 14059
Lexington, KY 40512-4059
Child Support Voice Response System
The toll-free number (800) 443-1576 provides automated access to child support payment and account information. This system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You must use your Individual Child Support ID Number provided by the child support agency to access and obtain information from the IVR. In the event your Individual Child Support ID Number is lost or forgotten, please contact your local child support office for assistance.
HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATION
The following forms are used 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 in Spanish
Child Support Guidelines Table
KY New Hire Reporting Center
All public and private employers doing business in Kentucky are required by Federal Law
to report each newly hired employee to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Employers are
also required to withhold child support payments from the wages paid to employees with a child support obligation.
Private Wage Withholding Cases (Non-IV-D)
Division of Child Support
P.O. Box 24828
Lexington, Kentucky 40524-4828
The NIVD Unit receives information on private wage withholding cases from private attorneys and inputs the necessary information to the Kentucky Child Support System for distribution of child support payments. Private wage withholdings do not involve the Fayette County Attorney Child Support Office.
CHILD SUPPORT LINKS:
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Division of Child Support