This information and resources is about child support in Iowa. For other states, go to LawHelp.org
How Judges Decide How Much Child Support a Parent Must Pay
How much each parent makes sets the amount of child support due in Iowa. Here are the charts Child Support Recovery Unit and judges use charts called the Uniform Child Support Guidelines (Guidelines).
Child Support Information from the Iowa Courts
In Iowa, parents have a legal obligation to support their minor children.
Child Support Payees May Have Funds Available for Withdrawal
Child support payees who use a ReliaCard to receive child support payments but haven't used the card for several years, may have funds considered abandoned. Funds may then be transferred out of the account. You can get the funds back. Here's how.
Help for Iowans Who Owe Back Child Support
Information that helps Iowans who owe back child support
How to Change a Child Support Order
Sometimes the judge sets the amount of child support, and then something changes so that the amount is no longer correct. Either parent, or the Child Support Recovery Unit, can ask the court to change the amount of the child support payments.
Not Paying for Child Support Can Mean Loss of Driver's License or Other Licenses
If you fail to pay child support, will that affect your driver's license? The short answer is: it might. The law says if people fall far enough behind in paying child support, the Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU) can "sanction" drivers' licenses. This means they can suspend, revoke, not issue, or not renew the license if a parent is delinquent in child support payments.
Paternity and Child Support Notices
Answers to frequently asked questions on the topics of paternity and child support.
Information on why it is best to be sure before naming someone as the father of your child.