The Nicholas County Child Support Program provides four basic services:
- Establishing a child support obligation,
- Enforcing a child support obligation,
- Locating an absent or non-custodial parent,
- Establishing paternity.
New Services Available
Child Support Enforcement
Nicholas County Child Support Office is now accepting payments with VISA or MASTERCARD. Be advised that you will be charged a 3% fee on the amount of your child support payment.
You may now apply for child support services online.
If you want to open a new child support case, you can fill out the application online and submit the application directly to the office electronically for the caseworkers review.
If you already have an active, existing child support case through the Division of Child Support, you may apply for an account for your convenience.
You may also make child support payments online once you have established an account. Fees do apply.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask your child support caseworkers for more information.
Who is eligible for our services?
Any custodial parent residing in Nicholas County who does not receive public assistance is eligible for our services. You may call or come into our office and request an application to open a case without cost to you.
The Nicholas County Attorney provides Child Support Services to persons receiving state funding through either the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) or a medical card. The office has established a IV-D unit to initiate court action against the absent or non-custodial parent within 20 days following the approval of a K-TAP grant or medical card.
This unit locates an address for the absent or non-custodial parent and forwards the file to the appropriate case worker for legal action.
What if the absent parent lives in another county or state?
The uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) allows us to cooperate with other counties and states in which the absent parent lives to collect your child support for you.
How does our office enforce your child support?
Once the absent or non-custodial parent has been ordered to pay child support, we have the following enforcement options:
- Location – Our office has the ability to check state wage records, drivers license records, arrest records, credit reports, etc., in order to locate absent parents. If you do not know the address of the absent parent, our office can assist you in locating him/her.
- Wage Assignment – The absent or non custodial parent’s employer is ordered to deduct child support from his/her paycheck and send the payment to the Division of Child Support.
- Tax intercept – The IRS is notified to send the absent or non-custodial parent’s tax refund to our central collection unit to pay delinquent child support.
- Credit Reporting – Credit reporting agencies are notified of the absent or non-custodial parent’s child support delinquency. This often prevents the absent parent from making purchases on credit (homes, cars, etc.) until the child support arrearage is paid.
- Criminal Action – If the absent or non-custodial parent consistently fails to pay child support, we can file a criminal complaint for non-support and request than an arrest warrant be issued.