Alaska Child Support

How to apply for child support in Alaska

Alaska’s Child Support Services Division handles the state’s support claims. Anytime a courtroom makes a custody decision, they are bound by federal and state law to create a support order to fulfill the parent’s financial obligation to support their children. Parents or legal guardians are invited to apply for these services either online or by appointment. Alaska offers a fully online application and detailed instructions on how to apply at their website. If you’d rather speak to an agent in person, then you are invited to make an appointment at your nearest office. Offices are located in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Download Forms.

How to Calculate Child Support in Alaska?

The amount of obligation a parent owes will be determined based on state child support laws and guidelines. These determinations are greatly impacted based on the couple’s custody arrangement. If both parents share custody, then support will be calculated based on both parent’s income. When one parent has primary custody, a set percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income will be used.

How to claim and pay child support?

Payments are accepted through the mail, by electronic transfer, or in-person at the CSSD Customer Service Center in Anchorage. In November of 2015, Alaska’s Child Support Services Division switched over from paper checks to electronic payments. Payments can be claimed through direct deposit to your bank account or to a Key2Benefit debit card.

Child Support Performance Stats for the State

Data collected from 2013 showed that about 41 percent of families in Alaska were not receiving their owed support order payments. That year, only about six percent of all arrearages owed was collected by child support agencies across the state.

Statistics for Regular On-Time Payments Collection

Other Incentive Performance Measures

Performance Measures 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Statewide Paternity Establishment (%) 106.14 102.73 110.16 106.32 105.2
IV-D Paternity Establishment (%) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Support Order Establishment (%) 90.27 92.09 91.17 91.46 92.84
Cost-Effectiveness ($) 3.99 3.63 3.82 4.02 4.1

Total Number of Children in the Child Support Program

Total Distributed Collections and Total Administrative Expenditures ($ Millions)

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total Distributed Collections ($) 99.58 96.78 96.47 99.57 99.6
Total Distributed to Families ($) 88.28 86.72 86.84 88.93 88.89
Total Administrative Expenditures ($) 28.14 29.98 28.32 27.98 28.47

Average Collections per Case with Collections

Can child support be paid off early

It’s acceptable to make a lumpsum payment on support obligations, but it’s equally important to remain vigilant about any future modifications or changes to your order.

What Will happen if You fall Behind Child Support Payment?

  • Automatic income withholding
  • Attaching personal bank accounts to orders
  • Interception of tax refunds
  • Reporting delinquency to credit bureaus
  • Interception of assets or other lump sum payments

Can you get alimony and child support at the same time?

Alaskan courts may award one spouse both spousal support and child support at the same time, but usually spousal support is only temporary.

Can you stop child support payments?

Paying parents can’t stop making payments unless a courtroom has terminated your order and you’ve already paid your outstanding debts. If you are having trouble making payments, then you need to contact the child support agency immediately.

Child Support and Taxes

Parents in Alaska who don’t live under the same household are expected to file taxes separately. Only one parent may claim the child as a dependent for tax purposes and receive the tax credit for the child. Most often, the parent with primary custody is granted this right. If custody is shared, then courts may make a determination based on the child’s best interests.

Can child support payments be claimed on taxes in Alaska?

Monthly obligations should not be claimed on your state or federal level tax returns. Paying parents will not receive any deductions for this financial responsibility, and receiving parents can’t use the funds as a source of income on returns.

How does the support affect my taxes in Alaska?

Because these payments are non-deductible and not considered income, they won’t affect taxes in any way. They are considered tax-neutral for the purposes of reporting taxes.

Can the support be taken pre-tax?

Your payments will be taken after tax has already been applied to the money even when you are under an income withholding order.

Can the support Take my federal tax return?

Alaska’s Child Support Services Division can request an interception of funds from the IRS when they are due to give a refund to the non-paying parent.

Paternity Establishment

Establishing paternity involves making a legal determination on who a child’s father is. The state of Alaska believes establishing a legal father for a child is beneficial for the child’s health, identity, emotional support and financial status. When parents are married in Alaska, the husband is automatically presumed to be the father of the child.

How do you establish paternity?

Parents can establish paternity voluntarily by signing a form at the hospital when the child is born. Otherwise, the Child Support Services Division can establish paternity through a DNA test. Alaskan courts may also establish a legal father through a court order.

What rights does a father have if not on birth certificate?

A father who isn’t listed on the birth certificate won’t have any legal rights to the child, so it’s important to establish this fact as quickly as possible.

Can a mother refuse me paternity test?

If the mother is currently married to another man, then only the mother and husband can petition the court. The biological father will need to file jointly with the mother to establish paternity in a divorce case. If the mother isn’t married, then potential fathers have a right to establish paternity in court.

How to establish paternity if the father is deceased?

When the father can’t participate in the case, establishing paternity can be difficult. If you have evidence to prove paternity, then you should contact an attorney for further assistance in legally establishing the deceased as the father in court.

Can a father get a paternity test without the mother?

Without the mother’s DNA sample, courtrooms and agencies will have difficult legally establishing the father. If the mother isn’t married, then potential fathers can seek out a court hearing to establish paternity. The court may implore the mother to give a DNA sample.

How long does a father have to establish paternity in Alaska?

In Alaska, an action to establish paternity by the parent must be initiated before the child reaches the age of majority which is 18-years-old.

Support order establishment

If a courtroom or child support agency has established paternity, then they are obligated to also establish a support order for the youngster. The state of Alaska strongly believes that every child has a right to be financially supported by both parents. Courtrooms will take into consideration the child’s custody arrangement before utilizing state guidelines to calculate a support amount.

State Child Support orders

Once an amount is determined, the courtroom will establish the support order. The non-custodial parent must make monthly payments to the child support agency who will then transfer the funds to the custodial parent. A failure to comply with the court order may result in a variety of enforcement measures.

Can child support be modified?

Support may be modified when there has been a significant change in the parenting plan or when there has been a 15 percent change in the amount of support ordered.

While appropriate obligation amounts are determined by Alaskan law, these amounts are subject to modification based on the child’s or parent’s needs. To request a modification on a current order, parents must file a Motion to Modify with an Alaskan court. It costs $75 to file this motion.

Can the support order be appealed?

An appeal of a child support order would be a review by the Alaska Supreme Court. No new evidence will be accepted in these cases, and parents will need to file for an appeal shortly after the order is originally entered into.

Do you need a lawyer to modify child support?

Hiring an attorney is not necessary when pursuing a modification request, but an experienced legal advisor may be beneficial for some parents.

Child support Enforcement

How long does the child support enforcement take?

Administrative actions may be taken by child support agencies without going to court. Some of these actions automatically take effect when a parent’s debt exceeds a certain limit.

What to do when the support is not paid?

If you aren’t receiving your currently owed payments, then you can take a number of steps to enforce the court order. You can send a written request to the other parent, contact your support agency or file a motion with a court.

How much overdue child support payment can be considered a felony?

It is considered a felony offense to owe child support amounts over $10,000 or to remain delinquent for a period exceeding two years.

Can the support debt be forgiven?

Parents who owe at least $1,500 and meet other eligibility criteria may enter into an arrears forgiveness agreement.

Support Order Termination

How do I stop a child support order?

Parents may file for a modification request when they have full custody of the child. The order may be terminated in these cases. Otherwise, support orders will rarely be stopped until the child reaches the age of majority. 

Parents may stop paying support when the child reaches the age of majority and has graduated high school. In Alaska, support automatically terminates when the child reaches their 18th birthday unless the custodial parent provides documentation to the court proving they are still in high school. The order must have terminated, and the parent must pay off all outstanding support debts.

When Can I Apply for Child Support Termination?

Alaskan child support orders automatically stop when the child turns 18 unless the custodial parent requests further assistance and proves to the court the child is still attending high school.

Can the custodial parent close a support case?

Custodial parents can close a case, but the support agency or court may still request payments from the parent until the order terminates.

AK Hearing Rights

Parents in Alaska have the right to a free and fair trial regarding custody issues, child support orders, modification requests and paternity establishment.

Alaska Child Support Guidelines

Alaskan courts primarily look at the parent’s custody arrangement before determining an amount of support. Parents who spend more time with their children generally owe less in support payments.

Child Support Coverage

What is child support meant to cover?

Support payments are designed to cover a portion of the child’s basic expenses.

Does the Support Cover Medical Care Expenses?

In most cases, the non-custodial parent is ordered by the court to provide health care coverage for the child. Sometimes, both parents are required to provide insurance.

What if Both Parents are working, will Child Support Cover child care services?

When childcare services are necessary for one parent to work, a portion of the expenses will be included in the support order.

Are Car Maintenance Costs Covered by the Support Order?

Car maintenance costs would not be included in a support order. These types of costs are expected to be incurred by the custodial parent.

What is Considered Basic Entertainment for the Support Order?

Basic entertainment for the purposes of child support includes expenses incurred providing the child with activities designed to stimulate and educate them.

Are school and college expenses Covered by Child Support in Alaska?

Basic level school-related costs are included in the basic obligation amount

While Alaskan courts have previously ordered parents to provide college-level support, higher courts have since overturned these decisions. The Alaskan Supreme Court ruled that courts can’t require either parent to pay for college education past the age of majority.

Are Extracurricular Activities covered by Support?

If both parents agree, then courts may add extracurricular activities onto the basic obligation amount. If one parent disagrees, then courts likely will not force the parent to pay these additional expenses.

Alaska Child Support Offices

Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Alaska Child Support Enforcement 550 W 7th Ave Suite 310 (mailing) Anchorage AK dor.cssd.customerservice.anchorage@alaska.gov (907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us

County Child Support Offices in AK

County name Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Anchorage Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Fairbanks North Star Borough Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK Fairbanks Child Support Services Division 675 7th Ave Station J2, Fairbanks AK 99701 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Bethel Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Bristol Bay Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Dillingham Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Haines Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Juneau Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Kenai Peninsula Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Ketchikan Gateway Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Kodiak Island Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Matanuska-Susitna Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Nome Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
North Slope Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Sitka Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Valdez-Cordova Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Wade Hampton Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Yakutat Borough Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area Anchorage Borough, AK Anchorage Child Support Services Division - Main Office 655 F Street, Anchorage AK 99501 N/A 1(907) 269-6900 http://www.csed.state.ak.us/contacts.aspx