Child Support Services

Child Support

Every child needs emotion, spiritual and financial support from both parents. Even when parents do not live together they still need to work together to ensure the health, safety and well-being of their children.


What is child support?
Child support is money that an absent parent pays to the custodial party (person the child lives with) to help meet the needs of the child. The amount and schedule of the payments are usually established through the Court.

An order for child support may be a part of a temporary, permanent or modified court order in a:

  • Divorce
  • Paternity Action
  • Child Custody Action
  • Family support Action
  • Inter-Jurisdictional Action
  • Other special type of order


Who can receive child support?

You may be eligible for services if you are the parent of a minor child, or have physical custody of a minor child and:

  • The child live in your home;
  • Is financially dependant on you;
  • One or both parents are absent from the home


What does a child support order include?
An order for child support may include provisions for:

  • A monetary amount to be paid to the family for the support of the child;
  • One or both parents to provide medical, dental and vision health care coverage;
  • Assistance with child care expenses;
  • Assistance with educational expenses;
  • Non-cash support;
  • Other provisions to meet the specific needs of the child.

A child support order can be established in two ways:

  • Stipulation and Order for Support
  • Court Order

The OCSS provides child support establishment services when the child, mother and/or father are members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community or other federally recognized Tribe when at least one of the parties lives on the L'Anse Reservation.