How to Request Child Support

The first step to establishing child support is completing an application. However, clients who receive medical and cash assistance through Clark County Department of Job and Family Services do not need to apply. You may obtain an application online (PDF), call the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA), or come into the agency.

To help prevent delays, please fill in all sections that apply, sign and date the signature lines. You may also bring in any court orders that are finalized to the CSEA.

Child Support Initiation

The child support process also is initiated in the following ways:

  • State-Mandated Cases: The CSEA receives a referral from the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services when a client receives cash assistance.
  • Court Orders: In these instances a court may order the CSEA to conduct genetic testing to determine paternity, establish a child support order or collect payments ordered by the court.
  • Foster Care Cases: The CSEA receives referrals and support orders as a result of a child being placed in a different home.

How Support Orders Are Established

Child support orders are established in one of 2 ways:

  • Administrative: The CSEA hearing officer conducts a hearing at the CSEA office. Both parents must be present. For this hearing you must provide:
    • 6 to 8 current pay stubs
    • Documentation of other biological children in the household
    • Health insurance costs
    • Most recent 3 years’ tax information
    • Notarized document of child-care costs
    • Proof of mandatory expenses related to job performance (tools, uniforms, union dues, etc.)
  • Custody and visitation issues cannot be addressed or determined by the CSEA, only by a court

  • Court: If child support is not established through the administrative process, a court date will be set to determine support.

Information is available here for establishing paternity and support when one party resides out of state.