Iowa Child Support
How to Apply for Child Support in Iowa
The Child Support Recovery Unit is responsible for ensuring that families in Iowa receive the monetary support needed to meet the needs of children. This department is under the direction of the Iowa Department of Human Services. Applications for support in Iowa come with a $25 fee. Download Forms.
Iowa Child Support Calculator
Iowa uses a variety of factors to calculate support amounts. The factors used include the monthly income of a parent, the number of children involved, health insurance amounts and any monthly support payments that are owed to other children.
Iowa Child Support Payments
Support payments in Iowa can be received through direct deposit or via the ReliaCard. Payments can be made using a debit or credit card, in person, through automatic withdrawal or by mail.
Child Support Performance Stats for Iowa
Iowa's Child Support Recovery Unit handles tens of thousands of cases each year and administers hundreds of millions of dollars to families. The performance of the program is based on a number of measures.
Statistics for Regular On-Time Payments Collection
Other Incentive Performance Measures
|Statewide Paternity Establishment (%)||95.92||99.19||104.26||98.02||97.3|
|IV-D Paternity Establishment (%)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Support Order Establishment (%)||87.86||88.4||89.6||90.51||91.74|
Total Number of Children in the Child Support Program
Total Distributed Collections and Total Administrative Expenditures ($ Millions)
|Total Distributed Collections ($)||313.32||311.83||308.32||307.63||307.78|
|Total Distributed to Families ($)||287.59||288.28||287||287.47||289.11|
|Total Administrative Expenditures ($)||55.76||55.53||58.22||56.73||56.64|
Average Collections per Case with Collections
Can the support be paid off early
It is possible to pay a lump sum. However, paying early does not guarantee that you will not owe more if your support obligation increases.
What Will Happen if You fall Behind Child Support Payment?
Enforcement representatives will use all means possible to track you down and recover unpaid funds. You could face income withholding, liens, license sanctions and charges for contempt of court.
Can you get alimony and support at the same time?
Yes, you can.
Can you stop the support payments?
A parent must first request for an order to be suspended in writing before an order can be ended. Here are the circumstances that may allow for support to end in Iowa:
- One or more of the children are living with both parents in the same household.
- One or more of the children are living in the same household with the parent ordered to pay support.
- One or more of the children are living with a caretaker who does not want support services.
IA Child Support and Taxes
Child support does not impact taxes in Iowa. However, it is possible that a non-custodial parent may be able to claim a child as a dependent if the custodial parent allows.
Can the support payments be claimed on taxes in Iowa?
No, it can not be claimed on taxes.
How does my child support affect my taxes in Iowa?
You cannot deduct support payments that are made on your taxes. In addition, the person receiving the payments should not report them as income.
Can child support be taken pre-tax?
No, it can not be taken pre-tax in Iowa.
Can IA child support Take my federal tax return?
Both state and federal tax returns can be intercepted if you owe past-due child payments.
Establishing paternity is the first step to establishing a support order and collecting payments.
How do you establish paternity?
Paternity in Iowa is established automatically if a mother and father are married. It is also possible for both parents to sign an affidavit verifying paternity once a child is born. A court can also issue an order that establishes paternity.
What rights does a father have if not on birth certificate?
A father will not have any rights until paternity has been legally established.
Can a mother refuse me paternity test?
A court in Iowa can order genetic testing if necessary.
How to establish paternity if the father is deceased?
The DNA of a family member is often used in such cases.
Can a father get a paternity test without the mother?
It is not legal to subject a child to a DNA test without the knowledge of a primary legal guardian.
How long does a father have to establish paternity in Iowa?
Paternity can be established in Iowa until a child turns 18.
Support Order Establishment
Orders can be established once paternity has been settled and the non-custodial parent has been located.
State Child Support Orders
The state's enforcement agency can assist with locating an absent parent, establishing paternity, establishing an order, enforcing an order, modifying an order and ending an order.
Can child support be modified?
Yes, it can be modified.
How do I file for a modification of child support?
Iowa's support agency can use an administrative modification to change the amount of support that is paid. This can occur if a parent's income increases or decreases by 50 percent or if a child needs to be added to an order. Modifications in Iowa can also be used to correct mistakes.
Can a child support order appeal?
A parent can request that order is suspended and reviewed.
Do you need a lawyer to modify child support?
Legal representation is recommended when dealing with a support case in Iowa.
When can you modify the support?
There is no limit to how frequently support orders can be modified in Iowa. However, requests for suspensions can only be made once every two years.
Child Support Enforcement
How long does the child support enforcement take?
Enforcement times will depend on whether or not parents agree on paternity and support terms. In addition, enforcement times also depend on whether or not a parent needs to be located.
What to do when child support is not paid?
Tell your caseworker after you have verified that funds have not been received in your account.
What Happens if I’m not paying the support?
Enforcement representatives will do everything possible to collect support payments that are owed. Your employer may be contacted and your wages may be garnished. In addition, you face a number of penalties.
How much overdue child support payment can be considered a felony?
Support that is overdue by two years or that totals $10,000 or more.
Can child support debt be forgiven?
Iowa has a debt-forgiveness program in place for non-custodial parents who owe at least $1,500 in support debt and meet other criteria. Support debt is forgiven over a period of six years in Iowa.
Support Order Termination
How do I stop a child support order?
You must submit a written request to have an order suspended. The order will then be reviewed and could potentially be stopped.
When Can I Apply for Child Support Termination?
Once certain changes have occurred regarding the household where a child resides or if a child becomes emancipated.
Can the custodial parent close a child support case?
Both parents have the ability to request that a support case be closed in Iowa.
When Can I Stop Paying Child Support?
When a child reaches the appropriate legal age or if some other qualifying circumstance occurs.
What is the legal age to stop paying child support?
Support ends at the age of 18 in Iowa. However, it can extend until a child turns 19 if that child is enrolled in high school.
Iowa Hearing Rights
Both parents have hearing rights when it comes to establishing paternity and establishing an order. In addition, Iowa gives parents the right to arrange modifications privately through the court.
Iowa Child Support Guidelines
Iowa has certain guidelines in place regarding what parents are obligated to cover based on income and visitation. The state has specific guidelines regarding things like medical coverage and childcare costs. However, there is some room for deviation for the court.
Iowa Child Support Coverage
What is child support meant to cover?
Food, clothing, shelter, medical costs and more covered by Iowa Child Support laws.
Does Child Support n Cover Medical Care Expenses?
Iowa requires health insurance to be provided if a parent has coverage available at a reasonable cost. Cash medical support may be ordered when this is not the case.
What if Both Parents are working, will Child Support Cover child care services?
Childcare costs are not specifically included in the data used to determine support totals in Iowa. However, courts in the state are given permission to vary on their opinions regarding the matter.
Are Car Maintenance Costs Covered by Child Support?
This is decided on a case-by-case basis in Iowa.
What is Considered Basic Entertainment for Child Support?
Basic entertainment covers movies, television shows, entry fees to attractions and Internet costs.
Are College expenses Covered by Child Support?
Not by default. However, a court can order parents to pay certain college expenses in some cases.
Are Extracurricular Activities covered by Support?
Are School Related Costs Covered by Child Support?
Iowa Child Support Offices
|Institution name||Physical address||Email address||Phone number||Website|
|Iowa Department of Human Services||9125 Des Moinesfirstname.lastname@example.org||888-229-9223||https://secureapp.dhs.state.ia.us|
County Child Support Offices in IA
|County name||Institution name||Physical address||Email address||Phone number||Website|
|Polk County||Polk County, IA Ankeny Child Support Recovery Unit||1605 SE Delaware Ave, Suite?A, Ankeny, IA 50021||N/A||1(515) 369-2800||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Polk County||Polk County, IA Des Moines North Child Support Recovery Unit||6200 Aurora Ave, Suite 301E, Urbandale, IA 50322||N/A||1(515) 369-2750||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Polk County||Polk County, IA Pleasant Hill Child Support Recovery Unit||1300 Metro East Drive, Suite 114, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327||N/A||1(515) 261-5870||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Polk County||Polk County, IA Des Moines South Child Support Recovery Unit||525 SW 5th Street, Suite H, PO Box 9135, Des Moines, IA 50306||N/A||1(515) 369-2860||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Marshall County||Marshall County, IA Marshalltown Child Support Recovery Unit||204 1/2 W State St, Marshalltown, IA 50158||N/A||1(641) 753-6408||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Warren County||Warren County, IA Indianola Child Support Recovery Unit||1807 W 2-nd Ave, Indianola, IA 50125||N/A||1(515) 962-5400||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Webster County||Webster County, IA Fort Dodge Child Support Recovery Unit||330 1st Ave N, Fort Dodge, IA 50501||N/A||1(515) 955-5464||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Carroll County||Carroll County, IA Carroll Child Support Recovery Unit||625 N. West St, PO Box 937, Carroll, IA 51401||N/A||1(712) 792-5691||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Union County||Union County, IA Creston Child Support Recovery Unit||1103 S. Sumner St., Creston, IA 50801||N/A||1(866) 219-9120||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Black Hawk County||Black Hawk County, IA Waterloo Child Support Recovery Unit||501 Sycamore St., Suite 400, Waterloo, IA 50703||N/A||1(319) 291-2646||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Clay County||Clay County, IA Spencer Child Support Recovery Unit||20 W. 6TH ST., Suite 200, Spencer, IA 51301||N/A||1(712) 262-1412||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Woodbury County||Woodbury County, IA Sioux City Child Support Recovery Unit||600 4th St, Suite 770, Sioux City, IA 51101||N/A||1(712) 255-2749||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Pottawattamie County||Pottawattamie County, IA Council Bluffs Child Support Recovery Unit||300 W. Broadway, Suite 32, Council Bluffs, IA 51503||N/A||1(712) 242-2358||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Cerro Gordo County||Cerro Gordo County, IA Mason City Child Support Recovery Unit||22 N. Georgia Ave., Mohawk Square, Suite 13, Mason City, IA 50401||N/A||1(641) 424-1147||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Winneshiek County||Winneshiek County, IA Decorah Child Support Recovery Unit||317 Washington St, Suite 2, Decorah, IA 52101||N/A||1(563)-382-2666||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Wapello County||Wapello County, IA Ottumwa Child Support Recovery Unit||127 E. Main, Suite 100, Ottumwa, IA 52501||N/A||1(641) 682-8802||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Clinton County||Clinton County, IA Clinton Child Support Recovery Unit||121 6th Ave S, PO Box 1175, Clinton, IA 52733||N/A||1(563) 243-8237||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Scott County||Scott County, IA Davenport Child Support Recovery Unit||3911 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA 52804||N/A||1(563) 388-0409||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Des Moines County||Des Moines County, IA Burlington Child Support Recovery Unit||409 N 4th St., PO Box 638, Burlington, IA 52601||N/A||1(319) 753-6322||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Linn County||Linn County, IA Cedar Rapids Child Support Recovery Unit||411 3rd Street SE, Suite 200, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401||N/A||1(319) 398-3619||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|
|Dubuque County||Dubuque County, IA Dubuque Child Support Recovery Unit||960 Main Street, PO Box 3068, Dubuque, IA 52004||N/A||1(563) 557-7113||http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support|