Idaho Child Support

How to Apply for Child Support in Idaho

Idaho's Child Support Services must be contacted to initiate a support order. Child Support Services then sends both parents a letter requesting detailed information and explaining what the process is for obtaining a support order. Download Forms.

How to Calculate Child Support in Idaho?

Idaho uses income and custody schedules to determine the appropriate amount of support that is owed.

How to Claim and Pay Child Support?

Support payments in Idaho can be placed directly into a bank account or on a Family Support Card. Payments can be made by mail, through an employer or using Idaho's online payment system.

Child Support Performance Stats for Idaho

Idaho's Child Support Services is managed by the state's Department of Health and Welfare. Several key measures are used when looking at year-to-year trends.

Statistics for Regular On-Time Payments Collection

Other Incentive Performance Measures

Performance Measures 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Statewide Paternity Establishment (%) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
IV-D Paternity Establishment (%) 97.85 100.79 100.1 97.51 98.71
Support Order Establishment (%) 87.21 86.22 84.61 86.73 87.88
Cost-Effectiveness ($) 7.17 7.66 7.28 7.78 7.03

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 ($) 151.98 159.59 161.39 169.28 171.54
Total Distributed to Families ($) 148.66 156.58 158.66 166.53 168.87
Total Administrative Expenditures ($) 22.83 22.39 23.77 23.27 26.11

Average Collections per Case with Collections

Can the support be paid off early?

While support can be paid early in Idaho, changes in circumstances could affect what the total obligation will be.

What Will Happen if You fall Behind the Support Payment?

Child Support Services will take all legal measures possible to enforce an order.

Can you get alimony and support at the same time?

Yes, you can.

Can you stop the support payments?

The support payments cannot be stopped unless there is a court order resulting from a change in circumstances.

Child Support and Taxes

Support generally does not impact tax filings.

Can the support payments be claimed on taxes in Idaho?

Support payments cannot be deducted on taxes. In addition, they do not count as taxable income for the recipient.

How does my child support affect my taxes in Idaho?

While child support does not affect taxes, a person making support payments may be able to claim a child as a dependent.

Can child support be taken pre-tax?

No, it can't be taken pre-tax.

Can child support Take my federal tax return?

Child Support Services may work with the IRS to seize federal tax returns if there are outstanding payments.

Paternity Establishment

It is necessary to establish paternity in order to establish a support order. Paternity establishment can be ordered on a voluntary or involuntary basis.

How do you establish paternity?

Paternity can be automatically established if parents were married at the time of birth or conception. In addition, a court order can be used to establish legal fatherhood.

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

Paternity must be established before a father can have any custody rights.

Can a mother refuse me paternity test?

Idaho court may order genetic testing. In addition, paternity can be established through default in Idaho if one party does not cooperate.

How to establish paternity if the father is deceased?

Genetic testing can be done on a family member in most cases.

Can a father get a paternity test without the mother?

A father cannot subject a child to genetic testing without the permission of the child's legal guardian. However, a court may recognize a test that has been done legally.

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

An acknowledgment or affidavit (AOP) can be signed at the hospital within 72 hours of the child's birth, or at the local health department. Both the mother and the father must sign the affidavit. Within 60 days of the signing the affidavit, however, anyone who is entitled to file a paternity case in Idaho can file a case and ask for genetic testing.

Support Order Establishment

Child Support Services is responsible for establishing support orders. The agency collects the appropriate information before initiating an order. All support orders in Idaho must be signed by a judge.

State Child Support Orders

The Support Services will send certified letters to both parents documenting the information that must be collected. Child Support Services must be contacted even if a private attorney is being used to establish an order.

Can the support be modified?

A request for modification must be filed.

Three years after an order was created or modified. 

How do I file for a modification of child support?

A case manager must be contacted. Child Support Services will review an order if a modification is being requested.

Can a support order appealed?

Child Support Services can help with appeals for increases or decreases of more than 15 percent.

Do you need a lawyer to modify the support?

While legal help is not required, it is advised.

Child Support Enforcement

How long does the support enforcement take?

Idaho uses an automated computer system to track how much support is owed and how much is paid for each case. Child Support Services will work with a parent to fix the situation when payments are late before taking necessary legal measures.

What to do when the support is not paid?

Contact Child Support Services to have the case reviewed.

What Happens if I’m not paying the support?

Idaho's Child Support Services may take the following measures:

  • Income Withholding
  • Garnishing accounts
  • Credit reporting
  • Intercepting lottery winnings
  • Intercepting federal tax refunds
  • Intercepting state tax refunds
  • Withholding federal benefits and retirement accounts
  • Suspending licenses
  • Filing liens
  • Intercepting retirement benefits
  • Passport denials
  • Establishing judgments
  • Contempt action
  • Federal prosecution

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

In Idaho, payments that are overdue for longer than two years or total more than $10,000 can qualify for a felony.

Can the support debt be forgiven?

It is possible to petition to have support debt forgiven in Idaho.

Support Order Termination

How do I stop a child support order?

Payments can only stop when a support order indicates that support is no longer due.

When Can I Apply for the Support Termination?

A modification can be requested if a child becomes emancipated or some other major life change occurs. 

Can the custodial parent close a support case?

A parent who is ordered to receive support can choose to have Child Support Services enforce a case or take a less active role. Anyone receiving public assistance will have their case enforced until they no longer receive public assistance.

When Can I Stop Paying the Support?

When a child reaches a certain age or graduates from high school. 

The legal age to stop paying the support is 18 years old.

Idaho Hearing Rights

Mothers and fathers have the right to request hearings when it comes to establishing support and modifying support.

ID Child Support Guidelines

Idaho's guidelines for support dictate that a parent's support obligation should not be set at zero. Each parent should be responsible for contributing at least $50 per month per child.

ID Child Support Coverage

What is the support meant to cover?

Idaho Child support laws are intended to cover basic necessities like food, shelter, and clothing. It can also cover other life essentials.

Does the Support Cover Medical Care Expenses?

Typically, yes it does cover medical expenses.

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

Child support can cover childcare expenses.

Are Car Maintenance Costs Covered by the Support?

Maintenance costs and other fees associated with a car that is used to transport a child are typically covered by support.

What is Considered Basic Entertainment for the Support?

Access to computers, games, television programs and the Internet. In addition, any age-appropriate form of entertainment may be covered.

Are College and School expenses Covered by the Support?

No, college expenses are not covered by the support.

School-related costs are covered until a child graduates from high school.

Are Extracurricular Activities Covered by Support?

Yes, extracurricular activities are covered by the support

Idaho Child Support Offices

Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Department of Health and Welfare 450 W. State Street Boise, ID (208) 334-5500
Coeur D' Alene Tribe Plummer, Idaho 83851 (208) 686-5309
Nez Perce Tribe Lapwai, Idaho 83540 (208) 843-7362 x 3869
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Fort Hall, Idaho 83203 (208) 236-1174

County Child Support Offices in ID

County name Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Kootenai County Kootenai County, ID Coeur d?Alene Child Support and Social Service Office 1120 Ironwood Drive, Coeur d?Alene, ID 83814 1(800) 356-9868
Shoshone County Shoshone County, ID Kellogg Child Support and Social Service Office 35 Wildcat Way, Suite B, Kellogg, ID 83837 1(800) 356-9868
Bonner County Bonner County, ID Sandpoint-Ponderay Child Support and Social Service Office 207 Larkspur Street, Ponderay, ID 83852 1(800) 356-9868
Idaho County Idaho County, ID Grangeville Child Support and Social Service Office 216 South C Street, Grangeville, ID 83530 1(800) 356-9868
Nez Perce Nez Perce, ID Lewiston Child Support and Social Service Office 1118 F Street, Lewiston, ID 83501 1(800) 356-9868
Latah County Latah County, ID Moscow Child Support and Social Service Office 1350 Troy Highway, Moscow, ID 83843 1(800) 356-9868
Canyon County Canyon County, ID Caldwell Child Support and Social Service Office 3402 Franklin Rd., Caldwell, Idaho 83605 1(800) 356-9868
Canyon County Canyon County, ID Nampa Child Support and Social Service Office 823 Park Centre Way, Nampa, Idaho 83651 1(800) 356-9868
Payette County Payette County, ID Payette Child Support and Social Service Office 515 N. 16th Street, Payette, Idaho 83661 1(800) 356-9868
Ada County Ada County, ID Boise (Westgate) Child Support and Social Service Office 1720 Westgate Drive, Boise, Idaho 83704 1(800) 356-9868
Elmore County Elmore County, ID Mountain Home Child Support and Social Service Office 2420 American Legion Blvd., Mountain Home, ID 83647 1(800) 356-9868
Cassia County Cassia County, ID Burley Field Child Support and Social Service Office 2241 Overland Avenue, Burley, ID 83318 1(800) 356-9868
Twin Falls County Twin Falls County, ID Twin Falls Child Support and Social Service Office 601 Pole Line Road, Twin Falls, ID 83301 1(800) 356-9868
Bingham County Bingham County, ID Blackfoot Child Support and Social Service Office 701 East Alice, Blackfoot, ID 83221 1(800) 356-9868
Bannock County Bannock County, ID Pocatello Child Support and Social Service Office 1090 Hiline, Pocatello, ID 83201 1(800) 356-9868
Franklin County Franklin County, ID Preston Child Support and Social Service Office 223 North State, Preston, ID 83263 1(800) 356-9868
Bonneville County Bonneville County, ID Idaho Falls Child Support and Social Service Office 150 Shoup Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83402 1(800) 356-9868
Madison County Madison County, ID Rexburg Child Support and Social Service Office 333 Walker Drive, Rexburg, Id. 83440 1(800) 356-9868
Lemhi County Lemhi County, ID Salmon Child Support and Social Service Office 111 Lillian Street, Suite 104, Salmon, ID 83467 1(800) 356-9868