Child Support: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My child’s non-custodial parent is not paying child support. What can/should I do?
A: Even if you have not received any public assistance benefits, the Office of Recovery Services can provide services to you. If you would like their assistance in collecting your support, you can contact the Office of Recovery Services and request an application for services. ORS will then utilize the resources available to the Office such as administrative processes and automated systems. If your case needs court action, the matter will be referred to the Attorney General’s office.
Q: I am receiving public benefits and my child’s non-custodial parent is not paying child support. What can/should I do?
A: Once an individual begins receiving public benefits in Utah, they assign their right to receive child support to the State. The Office of Recovery Services will automatically open a case.
Q: What does “Criminal Non-Support” mean?
A: If a non-custodial parent knowingly fails to support his/her minor children, that parent may have committed a crime. Contact your ORS agent to discuss the specifics of your case.
Q: I have received papers that say I’m the father of a child born outside of marriage and I want genetic testing. What can/should I do?
A: Any time that you receive a legal document, you need to carefully read it. If you do not understand it or need advice about what your response should be, you would need to contact your private attorney.
Q: Can the Attorney General’s Office represent me?
A: No. The Child and Family Support Division is legally restricted to only represent the State of Utah and cannot represent private parties or give legal advice to individuals