North Dakota Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

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

North Dakota 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 North Dakota child support law to collect regular and past-due payments.

Who Can Enforce Court Ordered Child Support in North Dakota?

The North Dakota Child Support Enforcement is the state-run child support enforcement office for North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Human Services is required by federal law to provide services through Child Support Enforcement (CSE) and is funded by the federal government and the state of North Dakota.

Full Time Equiv. Staff 153
Total Caseload 40,653

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

Interest on Missed Child Support Payments

North Dakota provides for interest to be charged on late child support payments at a rate that is set every January 1st by the State Administrator and may not be compounded. For interest to be charged on arrears (missed payments) which accrue prior to July 1, 2002, the court must order the interest be calculated by some individual or entity other than the IV-D program and the court must then approve the calculated amount.

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

Effective April 2, 1999, North Dakota's enforcement of past due child support is no longer subject to Statute of Limitations. Past due child support which had been affected by the Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order, prior to April 2, 1999, is not revived. However, application of the Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order, while it serves to bar certain judicial enforcement rememdies, does not extinguish the debt.

North Dakota's Statute of Limitations for Determination of Paternity

In North Dakota paternity must be established within 3 years of the child reaching the age of majority.

Age of Emancipation / Age of Majority in North Dakota

The age of emancipation in North Dakota is 18 years of age if child is enrolled and attending high school and child resides with person to whom duty of support is owed. The court can extend child support obligation until the child is 19 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs first. (N.D.C.C. section 14-09-08.2)

How Are Child Support Payment Amounts Determined in North Dakota?

Support payments are calculated by courts using North Dakota's Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines apply in any action in North Dakota in which a child support obligation is being established or changed. The Supreme Court's technology division has developed a web-based guidelines calculator to assist in estimating an obligation.

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.

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