Applying For Services
Who Can Apply for Services?
Any custodial parent, non-custodial parent or caretaker of a child who needs the services offered by the Child Support Program may apply for services regardless of their income.
How Do I Apply for Services?
If you are a recipient of Families First/TANF benefits, Transitional Child Care, and/or, in some cases, TennCare/Medicaid, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will automatically refer your case to the local child support office. Your local child support office will contact you when the referral is received. If you have questions regarding your child support case, you should contact your local child support office. Click Child Support Offices to find the office which serves the county in which you live.
If you are not a recipient of state benefits, you may apply for child support services by completing an application. Applications are available in both English and Spanish.
Once you have completed, signed and dated the application, you may take it in-person or mail it to your local child support office. Click Child Support Offices to find the office which serves the county in which you live.
Is there a cost for receiving child support services?
If a family has never received Families First/TANF benefits, Federal statute requires that states charge an annual fee of $25.00 for child support services. This fee is collected after $500 in child support payments have been received in the case. Again, this is an annual fee that is taken once a year.
If a family has been recipients of Families First/TANF benefits, they are not required to pay the annual fee of $25 dollars.
Click here to view: Helpful Documentation When Applying for Child Support Services