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Child Support Enforcement (CSE)

Services: Child Support Guidelines, Forms and Resources

Current Guidelines (Effective August 1, 2003)

The North Dakota Department of Human Services has established child support guidelines to be used by courts in determining the amount a parent should be expected to contribute toward the support of a child. These guidelines apply in any action in North Dakota in which a child support obligation is being established or changed.


Child Support Enforcement has developed forms that can be used to assist in calculating a child support obligation under the current guidelines. In addition, the North Dakota Supreme Court's technology division has developed a web-based guidelines calculator to assist in determining an obligation.


Proposed Amendments to the Guidelines

By law, the Department of Human Services must review the guidelines at least once every four years to ensure that the guidelines result in appropriate child support amounts. The most recent review process began in May 2006 and included forming a drafting advisory committee to make recommendations for changes to the guidelines. Based on the committee's recommendations, the Department of Human Services is proposing several amendments to the guidelines. A fact sheet has been developed to summarize the proposed amendments.

A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2006, in Bismarck. In addition, the Department of Human Services will be accepting written comments on the proposed amendments until Monday, November 27, 2006. More information about the public hearing and the procedures for submitting written comments can be found in the Full Notice of Intent to Amend Administrative Rules.


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