Michigan Child Support Enforcement

In order to enforce child support payments in Michigan, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Support requires that the custodial parent provide as much information as possible about the non-custodial parent as well as existing child support orders. The Office of Child Support may use this information in order to search for a missing parent, impose wage garnishment or issue a license suspension in order to force the non-custodial parent to support his or her children financially.

How to File a Complaint

In the State of Michigan, each parent has a financial obligation to support their children, even if they no longer live with the children. A custodial parent may submit an application to the Office of Child Support in order to obtain enforcement services if the non-custodial parent is failing to make child support payments. The Office of Child Support will be more likely to help the more information you can provide about the non-custodial parent, existing child support orders and the children. The more information provided to the Office of Child Support about existing orders, the other parent and the children involved, the more likely they will be able to help you. The first step is to fill out an application.  Michigan has both a paper application and an online application.  The following are instructions for filling in and filing a paper application.

How to Fill In

Step 1: Download the application

Download (PDF, 785KB)

Step 2: At the top check whether you are the custodial parent or non custodial parent or other and then fill in the following information about the custodial parent:

  • Name
  • Maiden Name (If applicable)
  • Birthdate
  • Social Security No.
  • Home Address
  • Phone numbers

Step 3: Enter the following information about the non-custodial parent:

  • Parent’s Name
  • Maiden Name
  • Social Security No.
  • Birthdate
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Home Address
  • Phone numbers
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Birthplace
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Car (Make, Model and Year)
  • License Plate Number
  • Race or Ethnic Code
  • Any Visual Marks or Scars
  • Employer Name
  • Employer Address
  • Employer Phone No.
  • Second Employer Name
  • Employer Address
  • Employer Phone No.

Step 4: Enter the following information about marital status

  • Has the mother ever married
  • Name of Spouse
  • Date Married
  • Place (City, County, State)
  • Is the mother separated?
  • Date
  • Court Order Exist?
  • Court Order No.
  • Where
  • Is the mother divorced?
  • Date
  • Court Order Exist?
  • Court Order No.
  • Where (City, County, State)

Step 5: Enter the following information about each child:

  • Child’s Full Name
  • Birthdate
  • Social Security Number
  • Sex
  • City, County & State of Birth
  • Who paid for the birth of child?
  • When and where did the mother become pregnant?
  • Has the father completed a document admitting he is the father of the child, such as an Affidavit of Parentage or is there a court order establishing paternity?
  • If yes, provide the following information about that document:
    • Date
    • City
    • County
    • State
  • CHILD’S HEALTH CARE COVERAGE INFORMATION (attach copy of card(s), front & back)
    • Policy Holder’s Name
    • Health Care Company Name (Non-Medicaid)
    • Coverage Type
    • Policy or Group No.

Step 6: Enter the following information on page 3:

  • Check whether or not the disclosure of your address or other identifying information may result in physical or emotional harm to you or the child.
  • Check whether you have received or are currently receiving benefits from the Family Independence Program (FIP) or you have received past benefits from Aid to Dependent Children (ADC).
  • Check whether you have received or are currently receiving Medicaid (MA).
  • Check whether you are currently receiving: Food Assistance Program , Child Development and Care (CDC)
  • Check which services you want to receive

Step 7: Sign and mail with requisite attachments to:

Michigan Office of Child Support
Central Functions Unit
P.O. Box 30744
Lansing, MI 48909

What the Office of Child Support Can Do

The Office of Child Support can take a number of actions to collect owed child support including:

  • wage garnishment
  • tax refund offset
  • lien
  • license suspension
  • passport denial
  • credit reporting

Contact the Office of Child Support

Department of Human Services
235 S. Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 30037
Lansing, Michigan 48909

866-540-0008