To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.
When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Louisiana.
In Louisiana, child support cases are generally divided into three categories: intake, collections, or parent locate. Through Support Enforcement Services (SES), a division of the Office of Family Support, you can receive assistance in locating a non-custodial parent, ordering a paternity test, establishing a child support order, and enforcing child support orders. Following is a breakdown of some of the services that SES offers:
Locating non-custodial parents
In order to establish a child support order, the SES must know the whereabouts of the non-custodial parent. The SES can help locate a missing parent and/or obtain past due child support through many different resources. These include:
Establishing a support order
Children are legally entitled to financial support from both parents. The courts set the guidelines for determining how much money is required from the non-custodial parent to support his or her child/ren. These guidelines depend on a number of different factors, including:
Enforcing a child support order
SES can help enforce support orders if the non-custodial parent is not meeting his or her financial obligations. By income assignment, intercepting state and federal tax refunds and lottery winnings, suspending licenses and registration, denying passports, and requesting a contempt of court charge, the SES can penalize—and attempt to collect payment from—delinquent non-custodial parents.