Louisiana Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

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

Louisiana Child Support Enforcement Measures

If a non-custodial parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures by the State of Louisiana to collect regular and past-due payments.

Who Can Enforce Court-Ordered Child Support in Louisiana?

Federal law requires all states to have a child support enforcement program. In Louisiana, the program is administered by the Department of Social Services, Office of Family Support, Support Enforcement Services (SES).

LOUISIANA SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT SERVICES CASELOAD STATISTICS1
Full Time Equiv. Staff 825
Total Caseload 281,747

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

Interest on Missed Louisiana Child Support Payments

The State of Louisiana does not currently allow for interest to be charged on missed payments or retroactive support.

LA Statute of Limitations on Back Child Support Payments (Arrears)

The statute of limitations for child support enforcement in Louisiana is 10 years.

LA Statute of Limitations on Determining Paternity

Paternity must be established by the age of majority, which is generally 18 years of age in Louisiana.

Age of Emancipation / Age of Majority in Louisiana

Louisiana's Civil Code Article 29 specifies the age of majority as 18 years of age.

Louisiana Revised Statue 9:309(C)allows for child support to be paid for a child past the age of majority if the child is unmarried, a full time student in good standing in a secondary school, and dependent on either parent or if the child is a developmentally disabled support may be paid up to age 22 years of age.

Louisiana Guidelines for Setting Child Support Payments

Louisiana child support guidelines are based on the number of children, the combined adjusted monthly net income of both parents, child care costs, extraordinary medical expenses, and a number of other factors.

If the court finds that there are special circumstances such as the child or children having additional or exceptional needs that require additional support, the payment amount may be greater than the basic guidelines specify.

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 has a duty to obey the court order for visitation, even if the non-custodial parent cannot or will not pay child support. The court can enforce 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.

I found the website for Support Collectors. I figured it probably wouldn't work and a lot of paperwork would be required...Well, there was not a lot of paperwork. It was so easy, I don't know why these other agencies need so much stuff when Support Collectors took the basic information and I had payment coming in in less than 6 weeks (this includes the time that I filed). Support Collectors kept in contact with me and was able to establish a settlement in no time. I was really surprised. I would recommend this service to anyone else (man or woman). The service was excellent.
- Lee M., Alabama
Collected $26,000


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!

I would highly recommend Support Collectors to anyone who is owed child support. Thank you Support Collectors for doing what I thought was completely hopeless.
- 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.

Don't try to handle this problem on your own with the department of child support services who are drowning in a sea of paperwork, let Support Collectors take care of you personally. The best part is that you don't owe them anything until they get payments for you and believe me, it is worth every penny.
- Teresa H., Illinois
Collected $26,000