Iowa Child Support Resources

Child Support Q&A for Single Parents in Iowa

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Whether you need to file for child support in Iowa or request a child support modification, the following "Frequently Asked Questions" will help you access local resources:

How do I find my local child support agency?

Start by visiting the Iowa Child Support Services website, which provides a comprehensive list of child support field offices throughout the state. Alternatively, you can call 2-1-1 to find the office nearest you.

How do I file for child support in Iowa?

The following steps will help you establish a child support order in Iowa:

  1. Become familiar with Iowa's child support guidelines.
  2. Optional: Use the Iowa Child Support Calculator to estimate the amount of child support you will receive.
  3. Print an application for child support services in Iowa.
  4. Complete the application and mail it to your local child support field office.
  5. Once your child support order has been established, sign up online to receive payments through Iowa's ReliaCard system.

How do I file for a child support modification in Iowa?

To change a child support order in Iowa, visit the Modifying an Order page of the state's website and follow the instructions for requesting a review and modification, administrative modification, or cost-of-living alteration.

Where can I access additional child support resources?

There are several federal and state resources available to you, including: