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Establish Paternity
If you are not married to the father of your child, the county child support agency can help you legally determine the identity of the child's father. This process is called establishing paternity. Establishing paternity guarantees a child's right to receive financial support, medical support and inheritances.
 
Obtain a Court Order for Child Support and Medical Insurance
The county child support agency can help you get a child support order by determining who the father is, determining how much support should be paid, locate the missing ("noncustodial") parent, and filing all necessary legal documents to obtain a court order. In Wisconsin, the courts use a percentage of income standard to set child support. The standard is based on the gross income (before taxes and other deductions) of the paying parent. The percentages of income used are:

  • 17 percent for one child
  • 25 percent for two children
  • 29 percent for three children
  • 31 percent for four children
  • 34 percent for five or more children
 
Enforcement of Existing Court Orders for Child Support
When the court orders child support, the county child support agency can help you to enforce this order. This includes current and past-due child support owed. Enforcement services include:

  • Income Withholding - taking child support directly out of obligated parent's paycheck.
  • Tax Intercept - intercept the obligated parent's federal and state tax refunds
  • Liens - obtain a lien against property owned by the obligated parent
 
Interstate Enforcement
Sometimes a parent with a child support obligation in Wisconsin lives in another state. Federal law requires states to cooperate with each other in child support enforcement. The child support agency will provide your case information to the other state and ask them to establish a new order or enforce an existing one. The other state will then provide all support enforcement. Paternity can also be established across state lines.
 
Other Service Information
Guide to Support Services
Free Legal Services in the La Crosse Area
 
NIVD Customers
One Page Application for NIVD Customers Only
Letter and Payment Coupon NIVD Services
Letter and Payment Coupon Spousal Support Customers


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