Alaska Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

Even if the non-custodial parent lives outside the state of Alaska, the law requires cooperation between states. The non-custodial parent is legally required to make regular child support payments, regardless of where they live.

Alaska Support Enforcement Measures

If a non-custodial parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures in accordance with Federal and Alaska child support law to collect regular and past-due payments.

Who Can Enforce Court Ordered Child Support in Alaska?

The Alaska Child Support Services Division is the state-run child support enforcement office for Alaska. The Alaska Department of Revenue is required by federal law to provide services through Child Support Services Division (CSSD) and is funded by the federal government and the State of Alaska.

Full Time Equiv. Staff 247
Total Caseload 45,259

1 U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement, Boxscores for FY 2005

Interest on Missed Child Support Payments

The State of Alaska provides for interest of 6% per year on missed child support payments charged the end of the month the support was due and not paid. On retroactive support the rate is 6% for past due support, from the date the order for past due support is issued or 12% if order was issued prior to October 1, 1996.

Alaska's Statute of Limitations on Back Child Support Payments (Arrears)

No statute of limitations on the collection of child support arrears. (AS 25.27.225)

Alaska's Statute of Limitations for Determination of Paternity

The statute of limitations in Alaska for establishment of paternity is the age of majority of the child.

Age of Emancipation / Age of Majority in Alaska

The age of majority in Alaska is 18 years old or 19 if unmarried and pursuing a high school diploma or equivalent level of technical or vocational training and residing with custodial parent, guardian or designee of the parent or guardian. (AS 25.20.010,AS 25.24.140(a), 25.24.170(a))

How Are Child Support Payment Amounts Determined in Alaska?

When one parent has primary physical custody, child support payments are based on what the noncustodial parent earns. Primary physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child resides at least 70 percent of the time. The noncustodial parent of one child should pay 20% of his or her adjusted income to support one child. (Alaska Court Civil Rule 90.3) Adjusted income means earning after deductions for taxes, union dues, retirement deductions and other mandatory deductions.

Payment calculations differ when there is shared or divided custody. Shared custody means that one parent has physical custody at least 30% of the year, while divided custody involves multiple children and means that each parent has primary physical custody of at least one child of the relationship. If there is shared or divided custody, the child support is based on the income of both parents.

Custody and Visitation Issues

Child support and visitation rights are separate issues. The court determines both and will usually order the non-custodial parent to pay support and the custodial parent to make the child available for visits.

The custodial parent must obey the court order for visitation, even if the non-custodial parent cannot or will not pay child support. The court can enforce any of its orders against either parent.

Our clients say...

It took me 10 years to catch up with my husband to establish a court order for child support. Years had gone by and his debt was in the thousands. I got Human Services involved and they told me that because I was now in a different state I had to close my case and had to open my case there. Weeks after I sent the paperwork to the Child Support Enforcement office, I received a letter saying I needed to attach notarized proof of previous payements made etc, etc, etc. I was tired of going through the process of trying to get child support owed.

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- Lee M., Alabama
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After many years of searching through various agencies for my ex-husband, a dear friend told me about the Support Collectors web site. I logged on and requested an application, thinking to myself it won't make a difference. We hadn't found him in 19 years, they won't be able to find him either. To my surprise they did and very quickly. Support Collectors handled everything very professionally and I received my settlement of $60,000 within a few months!

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- Terry M., Illinois
Collected $26,000

Thank you so much for your help in getting the child support payments my daughter deserves! I only wish I would not have waited so long to contact you for assistance. You succeeded when everyone else had failed.

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- Teresa H., Illinois
Collected $26,000